Building an iBeacon iOS App: 5 Key Decisions

At first glance, building an iOS app using Apple’s iBeacon API seems fairly straightforward. The API only consists of a few classes and methods and a ‘beacon’ isn’t actually a terribly complicated thing: in most cases (unless it’s paired with other technology) it simply transmits a small packet of data and lets your app do […]

Turn Your Mac Into a Beacon? YES, You Can!

You can turn your Macintosh computer into a fully configurable Bluetooth LE beacon. With Radius Networks at it again, life just got a lot more pain-free for the rest of us with the launch of their MacBeacon app. A few short weeks ago we were running around town looking for a Bluetooth LE dongle on […]

GeLo Bluetooth Beacons and CMS: An Inside Look

GeLo aims to make more than just solid, dependable, all-weather, indoor/outdoor (“and yes they’ll survive the Canadian winter”) Bluetooth beacons. They’re looking to build an integrated platform including hardware, SDKs for mobile app developers and a Content Management System. We got our hands on some GeLo beacons a few days ago and we’ve been impressed […]

Estimote Launches Revised Virtual Beacon with Radar

Bluetooth beacon-maker Estimote has received approval from Apple for its latest version of a ‘virtual beacon’ and has added mapping and compatibility with physical beacons. Wow, that’s a lot of beacons in one sentence! But the news will come as a relief to tinkerers who were having trouble getting their previous virtual beacon to, well, […]

Getting Started with Estimote (2) : Finding Beacons, Range and Precision

Differentiating between range and precision is one of the challenges of understanding how to build effective use cases with iBeacon, Estimote beacons and other other types of Bluetooth LE devices. I had an interesting back-and-forth with someone on Twitter last night asking about the range of beacons. The conversation reminded me of my own confusion […]

Apple iBeacon Trademark Shows Future of Mobile Payments

The trademark application for iBeacon by Apple won’t help clarify what we’re supposed to call, well, ‘beacons’, but it does hint at how their deployment of Bluetooth LE technology could underpin mobile payments, e-wallets, loyalty programs and (yes) trade shows. In their trademark application, the filing under International Class 036 specifically covers “Financial services; bill […]

Getting Started with Estimote: 5 Things You Might Not Know


Our Estimotes arrived. The courier seemed to think the fact they came from Poland was such a big deal he mentioned it three times. But for us, the big deal of course was the beacons themselves – we felt like we’d won the lottery, what with Estimote struggling a bit to catch up with the […]

Apple Bluetooth LE Patent and the Smart Watch Whale

An Apple patent around Bluetooth LE has the tech press frothing (again) over the possibility that it’s a signal of a coming smart watch. Apple Insider reports that the patent “proposes a method by which a device can connect to, and share a network with, a second device via low-power communications, such as Bluetooth. ” […]

iBeacon Made Easy: Radius Launches Proximity Kit

The crew at Radius Networks have been a busy bunch. On top of their API library for Android devices and Bluetooth LE beacons, they’ve now added Proximity Kit, an API for iOS that makes geofencing and beacon management a snap. The concept is simple enough: if you’re currently creating an iOS app that scans for […]