Apple iBeacon: Launching an Era

And we’re off. Today, Apple launched its iBeacon technology at all of its US stores and with it has created the equivalent of a giant nationwide product demo for Bluetooth LE technology. Moving beyond, say, what Macy’s is doing with pushing specials and offers to customers as they shop, Apple has integrated iBeacon technology into […]

iBeacon Round-Up: Move (to) Me

We spent the weekend building and playing with beacons. And there’s good news: if you’re developing with Bluetooth LE you’ll get a lot of exercise. Either that, or you’ll build a little pulley system and attach your beacons to it so you can test without leaving your chair. Because the problem with beacons is that […]

iBeacon Tutorial: Dealing with ‘Errors’

iBeacon developers are the Matt Damon of coding: incredibly smart, imaginative people but deep down inside they need someone to hug them and tell them “It’s not your fault.” If you’ve been playing with Apple’s iBeacon(TM) technology you’ll know what I mean. Maybe you followed the tutorial on DevFright and checked out Cocoanetics once you […]

Pinterest and Facebook Get Bluetooth Beacons? Meet You in the Middle

Is Pinterest on your Bluetooth beacon road map? What about Facebook? Or Google? Apple might be getting all the buzz – seemingly laying claim to the ‘invention’ of Bluetooth LE as an NFC killer. Macy’s might be laying stake to the erroneous idea that it’s the first retailer to put beacons in its stores. (Have […]

Bluetooth LE Beacons for Retail: Shopkick Pilots with Macy’s

Apple was one of the first big brands to announce it, Frank & Oak quietly told us their plans, while Radius and Sonic Notify were perhaps the true ‘firsts’. But Macy’s is fast out of the gate through its partnership with ShopKick to support Bluetooth LE ‘beacons’ as part of the in-store shopping experience. (The […]

Apple iBeacon Bugs Complicate Bluetooth LE Experience

Before you attack your new Bluetooth LE beacon in frustration you can blame a possible bug in the Apple API for sudden state changes in finding and ranging beacons. After banging our own heads, Dan Nolan from Proxima confirmed a problem we’d been seeing and which we initially blamed either on the beacons themselves or […]

iBeacon Tutorial: Ultimate Guide Includes Setting Your Estimote

There’s a sparse library of sample code and tutorials when it comes to Apple iBeacon technology – in part because much of it seems to have been written without access to, you know, actual beacons. Instead, it’s simple stuff like an overview of using two phones to set up broadcasting and monitoring. But Cocoanetics has […]

Apple and Bluetooth Beacons: The Future Has Landed

Apple will deploy iBeacons in its stores, using the Bluetooth low-energy devices to activate content on your phone. But the deployment isn’t just a case of Apple eating its own, um, apple sauce – it might also be the launch pad for Apple to take over the retail world outside its shiny glass and marble […]

Estimote Quick Tip: Edit Major/Minor and Other Device Properties

A short and incredibly sweet tip if you recently got your hands on a set of Estimote Bluetooth LE beacons: run, don’t walk and grab yourself a copy of the Estimote Editor. It’s a sweet little piece of code that lets you quickly change the settings on the physical beacon (e.g. major/minor and other values). […]