iBeacon Sees the Light: Powering a New Generation of Bluetooth LE

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Next Generation of Devices Use Energy Harvesting Balancing the user experience with maintaining battery power on an iBeacon or Bluetooth LE device is a key development challenge. Set your advertising or signal power too high and your battery will run out in weeks. Set it too low and your battery could last years – but […]

Beacon Hackathon: UK Edition

iBeacon Hackathon UK

A Hackathon will be held this weekend (April 25-27th) in the UK with presentations by beacon providers on Friday evening, and two days of coding and judging on Saturday and Sunday. The event, being hosted by BeMyApp, follows on the success of the company’s San Francisco edition. You don’t need to be a coder to […]

iBeacon UX Design Approach: Visible or Invisible?

Proximity-based experiences challenge mobile designers to think of the user experience in new ways. iBeacon and Bluetooth LE powered beacons might be a simple technology – after all, the only thing they really do is broadcast a small radio signal. But that signal allows an app to, well, do stuff based not on a user’s location, […]

iBeacon Update: Success Factors and Myths

iBeacon Presentation

Beacons will change the way our phones respond to proximity – a paradigm change from location-based interactions. It will move us from coupons being delivered in a store aisle to an understanding that everything can be a beacon – from a moving car to another person, from the front door of a store to the […]

iBeacon Rule Britannia

iBeacon UK

If you want to get a sense of the future of iBeacons and the Internet of Things you can’t go wrong if you start in the UK. With a vibrant start-up scene, a truly mobile-first culture, and large companies that are innovating like scrappy upstarts the country will continue to be one of the world’s […]

FlyBeacon: Travel Smart with iBeacon

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iBeacon technology will follow you everywhere – from the store to the airport lounge and into your luggage. We envision a future for iBeacon in which it isn’t just the big chains that drive a new vision for the smart hotel, but also the big disrupters like Airbnb. Now, a scrappy team at MashHacks, sponsored […]

RadBeacon : Beyond the Battery

RadBeacon

Not all beacons will be stuck to the underside of a shelf or above the doorway of your local shop. RadBeacon by Radius Networks is a reminder that in the battle of the beacons one of the biggest challenges is battery life – but that there’s a way to overcome it. We finally got around […]

iBeacon: Is Bluetooth On? And Other Insights from Empatika

Empatika and iBeacon

What are the biggest challenges in designing experiences around Bluetooth LE beacons? Can we even count on consumers to have Bluetooth on? And can iBeacon technology do more than just deliver coupons? For the developers at Moscow’s Empatika the answers to these questions haven’t always come easy but they’ve come through winning strategies for user […]

Hacking iBeacon

Image Courtesy of BeMyApp

The simplicity of iBeacon hides a deeper challenge: thinking about mobile application development in a way that relates a user experience to the physical world. They’ve discovered, I’m sure, that the simplicity of Bluetooth LE hides confounding challenges, about which we’ve written previously.  A beacon doesn’t seem to do much, after all, other than advertise […]

Lights Out: Philips LED Beacons Are Cool, But They’re No iBeacon

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Philips is testing a beacon solution in Düsseldorf that uses LED lights to help shoppers find their way through the store. The system acts much the same as a Bluetooth LE powered beacon (or iBeacon – Apple’s version of the same thing). While the company has made clear that it’s only demonstrating the technology and […]