Bluetooth LE: In a World of Connected Devices, My Home Is The World

The Internet of Things isn’t new. For a while now we’ve had tags in clothing and sensors that can detect the flow in a distant pipeline or traffic jams around the corner. But looking towards a consumer-facing IoT, the extent of our dreaming was a fridge that would detect whether we needed to buy milk […]

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 […]

iBeacons with Android Support: Inside Sonic Notify

In the world of Bluetooth LE beacons, there’s a race to the top of the stack. Developers scramble to build services on top of beacons, analytics on top of services, and brilliant user experiences and strategy at the top of the pyramid. But while others are scrambling, Sonic Notify is already there. With over 14,000 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

White House Test Bed for the Internet of Things

While Beijing plans to spend 5 billion yuan on the Internet of Things by 2015, the White House is getting in on the act by inviting applications to an IoT “test bed” – while asking developers to foot the bill.┬áIt’s a start, I suppose. The test bed communities will go live April 2014 and will […]

Responsive Design for the Internet of Things

We need a responsive design framework for the Internet of Things: a set of procedures, approaches and best practices that guide the design of the user experience in a way that’s responsive to the “real” instead of the screen. I’ve been calling this approach Responsive-R (for reality). Responsive-R is an acknowledgement that there’s a major […]

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. ” […]