Beacons Meet WiFi: Cisco Meraki Has Its Eye on Connected Spaces

WiFi iBeacon and Meraki

Bluetooth LE beacons have shifted beyond prototypes and pilots into large-scale distribution. But this shift has brought us bumping up against the downside to a beacon’s elegance and simplicity. Because if a beacon is a relatively simple (and dumb) device, how do you intelligently manage them at scale? One company thinks it has a solution. […]

Kontakt Cloud Beacon: Shipping Goodness

Kontakt.io is finally shipping its Cloud Beacon developer kits – and the little units pack a powerful punch. Their Cloud Beacon is one of a suite of emerging technologies that support large-scale beacon deployments. They help overcome issues with security, monitoring, management and quality assurance and bring proximity technology to an industrial-scale/enterprise-grade level which may […]

Apple Launches an iBeacon [and they call it a watch]

Apple Watch as iBeacon

The speculation was correct. Apple launched its own iBeacon. But it didn’t come in the form you might have been expecting. Instead, you’ll strap it to your wrist and in so doing, the power of beacons to help make sense of the world around us will have a very personal, tactile and physical connection – […]

iWatch, iBeacon and What’s Wrong With Wearables

When you working with iBeacon technology, the coming generation of wearable devices seems like a natural extension to how you think about user experiences. What better place, after all, to push a welcome message triggered by a beacon than to your wrist?┬áIf you’re not asking your customer to take their phone out of their pocket […]

iBeacon for Health: With BLE, a Nudge Will Do

Project Boundary wants to make you healthier. By placing beacons at key locations, it encourages you to make better choices based on proximity, using gamification to reward participants. A beacon at an elevator, for example, can send a message encouraging you to take the stairs instead. Do so and unlock the mountaineer achievement and get […]

iBeacon Feels the Squeeze: Adapt (or Die?)

iOS8 is a monumental move towards devices that are more connected, more aware, and increasingly powered by iBeacon and Bluetooth LE technology. And yet in spite Apple shifting the emphasis from the screen to the world around the screen, iBeacon device makers are about to feel the squeeze. Google is expected to follow suit with […]

iOS8 : Bigger Than iBeacon

Apple gave us iBeacon with the launch of iOS7. It opened up a wave of innovation around proximity-based experiences that was showing no signs of slowing down. But iOS8 is orders of magnitude more significant. At its World Wide Developer Conference Apple didn’t just tweak a few iBeacon settings or add a few new classes […]