iBeacon Development: 5 UX and Design Challenges

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It seems simple enough: put a beacon on the wall, call a few classes inside your iOS app, release it to your users and watch with joy as they receive a helpful welcome message when they walk in the front door. But iBeacon development isn’t that simple and it’s challenging designers, coders and business development […]

iBeacon and Bluetooth LE: Markers for the Digital Age

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Beacons are just a pile of rocks… Guest Post: Richard Grundy, CTO, Techdept So you may well have heard that beacons (in their many formats) are the marketing gold of the digital age. What many will not tell you is that when you get down to the basics beacons are simply the modern digital equivalent […]

iBeacon Hackathon: San Francisco Edition

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Join us for an iBeacon hackathon in San Francisco on February 28 – March 2nd. The event is sponsored by our friends at BeMyApp, a company that specializes in developer-driven events and has a reputation for bringing creativity together with code in order to push the boundaries of what’s possible with emerging technologies. I’m really […]

iBeacon Auto: Your Car is a Beacon

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Automatic Link has added Bluetooth LE functionality in the latest update to its ‘smart driving assistant’ and while it might be mostly a novelty at first it hints at a future in which beacons aren’t just confined to the walls of your local mall. By embedding a Bluetooth LE beacon in the Automatic Link device, […]

From Disney to Tulips: iBeacon and the Future of Attractions

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With tens of millions of dollars of investment and the Disney Empire behind it, the MagicBand has redefined how a place-based experience can be…well, magical: It’s a unique system that uses a sensor laden wristband to enhance the entire spectrum of their Disney experience from trip planning, ticketing and access to payment and photo management. […]

Be The Beacon: Opinions Wanted!

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Want to Write an Article for BEEKn? Your Opinion and Insight Counts. Do you have an insight into the world of iBeacon technology that you’d like to share? Something that drives you crazy? (Apple iOS beacon ‘ranging’ being one of my favorite examples!) Or something that you’re passionate about? Or maybe you have a product […]

What’s After Nest? Blue Maestro Sets the Bar for Bluetooth LE Devices

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We’ve seen the future of Bluetooth LE. And it’s taking your temperature. While Nest is getting the press this week over its acquisition by Google for a cool $3.2 billion, it’s a plucky upstart from the UK that has us excited about how connected devices won’t just slip into the fabric of our lives – […]

Built with Estimote: inbeacons Launches Content Management System

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inbeacons wants to give brands, retailers, tourist hot spots and other venues an easy way to deliver content based on Estimote beacons. While the company might just be headed for direct competition with Estimote itself, I was curious to learn more about their approach and recently interviewed Stefano Martino to find out what he’s learned […]

iBeacon Hackathon: What Would You Create?

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Giving yet another reason to jump on a plane to Europe, Glimworm is holding a Bluetooth LE hackathon in Amsterdam with some interesting challenges for local developers. But why do we have to be left on the sidelines for the party? Jump into the comments below and toss your own ideas into the mix or […]

Who’s Winning the War for Beacons? Bluetooth LE Statistics

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EarthPing is  a Research Project Setting Out to Collect Bluetooth LE Data How many iBeacon devices are there in your local mall? How many connected products use Bluetooth LE? One developer wants us to all help find out and to contribute to a global effort to gather stats. BlueScan is an Android app that lets you […]