Browsing Google Chrome and the Physical Web

Google Chrome Physical Web URL

Chrome 57 has launched, and with it in-browser support for the Physical Web. Now, when a user goes to conduct a search or enter a web URL, any nearby Physical Web addresses will appear just below the address bar as seen in the above graphic. It adds another piece to the proximity puzzle – allowing your […]

Samsung and the Physical Web Get CloseBy

Samsung CloseBy

Samsung has announced support for Physical Web URL detection in its Samsung Internet browser – the default for Samsung devices. Called CloseBy, the support allows users to activate an extension to their browser which will then deliver a notification when they’re “close by” to a Physical Web beacon. Tapping on the notice, the user is taken to […]

Google, Beacons and the Black Box

Image Source: Google

When Google launched its response to the Apple iBeacon standard, it established itself as best-in-class for the field. But as it worked to integrate different initiatives within the company, it has left some notable gaps that hinder the development of effective user experiences. It can be hard enough to understand all of the competing terms and […]

The Future of Beacon Technology | Guest Post

Guest Post by Jakub Krzych, CEO and Co-Founder of Estimote Jakub Krzych is CEO and Co-Founder of Estimote, Inc. In this (epic) guest post, he provides his thoughts and insights into the future of Web and mobile apps, the introduction of Google Eddystone and beacon support, and his vision for what it takes to bring digital […]

Kontakt to its Customers: You’re All Doomed

Kontakt, one of the largest manufacturers of beacons, has a message for its customers: you’re all doomed. In what might rank as one of the more bizarre examples of corporate messaging, the company’s founder has taken to LinkedIn to pronounce that with the arrival of the Eddystone beacon protocol (and related services) by Google, proximity […]

Google Eddystone Jumps into the Browser on iOS

Your browser will now connect to ‘cookies’ in the physical world – beacons, which can now broadcast a Web URL as part of Google’s new Eddystone protocol. And Google is planting its flag on iOS devices first. By launching beacon support within Chrome, Google is effectively bypassing the gatekeepers at Apple and providing support for […]

iBeacon and Why Apple Streaming Music Might Be Free

Apple can make its streaming music service free. And it’s because of iBeacon. The New York Times reports that industry analysts are predicting a tough climb for the company’s new streaming music service. Apple will need to shift from the pay-to-download model of iTunes toward the all-you-can-eat-buffet of streaming music. And in doing so, it will need to […]

Beacons Meet WiFi: Cisco Meraki Has Its Eye on Connected Spaces

WiFi iBeacon and Meraki

Bluetooth LE beacons have shifted beyond prototypes and pilots into large-scale distribution. But this shift has brought us bumping up against the downside to a beacon’s elegance and simplicity. Because if a beacon is a relatively simple (and dumb) device, how do you intelligently manage them at scale? One company thinks it has a solution. […]

Kontakt Cloud Beacon: Shipping Goodness

Kontakt.io is finally shipping its Cloud Beacon developer kits – and the little units pack a powerful punch. Their Cloud Beacon is one of a suite of emerging technologies that support large-scale beacon deployments. They help overcome issues with security, monitoring, management and quality assurance and bring proximity technology to an industrial-scale/enterprise-grade level which may […]

Beacon Week San Francisco

Beacons are the ‘gateway drug to the Internet of Everything’. And as we’ve shifted from prototypes to large-scale deployments and start to see increasingly complex systems and devices for managing fleets of beacons, the number of use cases and businesses which will be built around the devices will only grow. This deck is for those […]