Beacon Week San Francisco

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 […]

Be The Force: Beacons as Moral Agents

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The story of technology swings from narratives of hope to a kind of collective despair and anxiety. We create myths out of people who walk around in faded jeans and hoodies and in the next breath have nightmares about┬árobots taking over our factories, our homes, our cities, our collective conscience. We revere Steve Jobs or […]

Samsung Placedge SDK and Resources

Samsung Placedge

Samsung will launch its beacon platform to developers tomorrow. And while the headline is that they’ll be offering a way to let brands use a shared app/beacon registry to reach consumers and thus not even necessarily NEED their own app, they’re also releasing tools for developers. This move also suggests that the biggest competitor to […]

Beacons Make Brands Smarter (And Consumers Win)

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Beacons make brands powerful. But the power comes at a price: because unlike passive detection technologies, beacons emit a signal. And that signal is both a godsend for brands and the source of their greatest terror: that a consumer will delete their app, that they’ll cross the line from contextual to creepy. Beacons can make […]

Adding iBeacon to Your Mobile Strategy | Guest Post

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Ever since Apple deployed Beacons across 254 of its stores in the US, there has been a substantial buzz around these tiny devices, that businesses believe will act as the magical bridge between the offline and online worlds. According to a recent study by eDigitalResearch, 78% of consumers agreed that they would be happy to […]

iBeacon Alternative: Arduino Beacons and Evothings HTML Studio

Arduino Beacon BLE

Want to create your own beacon? Grab an Arduino and check out the Evothings road map to make it happen. The company demonstrates how to use their Evothings Studio to deliver interactions based on HTML and Javascript to to the end user, whether for iOS or Android. Using a relaxation/exercise example, the company notes that […]

Google, Chrome and Open Beacons: Devices as URLs

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It’s rare that you hear about proximity beacons without the name iBeacon being attached. Apple has built its own preferences and standards for how Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices be deployed to a ‘proximity’ specification, and has built a portfolio of patents around user experiences. Yet in spite being associated with Apple, we’re still talking […]

iBeacon and Education: Bringing Beacons to the Classroom

iBeacon in the Classroom

iBeacon and related technology has a role in the classroom. But while it’s great to have a cool technology for the classroom (acetates on overhead projectors were probably once considered the height of interactive teaching) it’s just a gadget if there isn’t well-considered andragogy or pedagogy. I’ve spent the better part of my career exploring […]