iBeacon Wearables (And Outdoor Beacons Too!)

Bluetooth LE beacons built into sunglasses are getting a lot of press this week. At 9to5Mac they report on an upcoming crowd funding campaign being planned by Tzukuri who have designed a beautiful set of frames with a built in beacon – misplace your sunglasses and an app on your phone will notify you that you’re […]

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

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 […]

iBeacon Myth Busting

There are two ‘myths’ about Bluetooth LE beacons that keep coming back. Whether it’s in the media or with a client they’re misconceptions about how beacons work. But while we like to be clear about the facts I’m not sure that either myth really matters. Today, two articles try to puncture common misconceptions about iBeacon/Bluetooth […]

Hacking iBeacon

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 […]

iBeacon Auto: Your Car is a Beacon

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, […]

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

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 – […]

iBeacon Hackathon: What Would You Create?

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

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 […]

iBeacon World-Changers: Washington Post Gets Beacons

iBeacon and Bluetooth LE are door-openers to “groundbreaking services that could enhance the average person’s life” according to the Washington Post. The well-researched article included interviews with some of the luminaries of the becosystem. Mark Wallace of Radius Networks highlighted Bluetooth LE beacons as “the next big technology” and pointed to the CES Scavenger Hunt that’s happening this week at the […]

5 UX Predictions for a World of iBeacons in 2014

User Experiences with Bluetooth LE Beacons Don’t End at Coupons Bluetooth LE powered devices will inspire a new generation of smart apps that slip you coupons as you shop, point out sales on shoes at Macy’s, or book you appointments at the Genius Bar. But the kinds of experiences we’ll have that are facilitated by […]