Introduction to iBeacon: Taking Bluetooth LE for a Test Drive

With the Apple launch of iBeacon – the ability to transmit and detect Bluetooth LE signals, we’re still lacking good real-world examples of the technology in action. We’ve been running our own tests, of course, and piloting them as part of our Virtual Citizen project with the Coalition of Youth Councils (about which more in […]

Bluetooth LE Proximity Technology: What’s the Big Deal?

When Apple adopted Bluetooth LE we finally arrived at a proximity-based technology supported by all the major platforms (with the phones running them soon to follow). With Apple refusing to adopt Near Field Communications (NFC) and challenges in its adoption by consumers, Bluetooth LE and ‘beacons’ finally seem to give us a way to….locate people? […]

Bluetooth Beacons: Love, Intimacy and Seduction on the Internet of Things

Bluetooth LE and iBeacon technology opens up a new level of intimacy with your user. The seemingly subtle difference between location and proximity hides a more profound idea: that we can now move past where someone is and begin to craft experiences based on how close they are to something. Proximity technology is to location as watching […]

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. It’s a start, I suppose. The test bed communities will go live April 2014 and will […]

Getting Started with Estimote: 5 Things You Might Not Know

Estimote-start

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. ” […]

Internet of Things Monday Brief: Build, Feel

Screens are old school. Even the screen on your smart phone, which might be driving you to distraction, is a trivial toy when compared to the coming flood of hardware…10 connected devices or sensors for every person on the planet. It’s a hardware renaissance. A hardware revolution: “If the hardware revolution as a whole were […]

The Future of iBeacons: 5 Companies to Watch

If you want to see the future of iBeacons, don’t just look to retailers for the answer. Apple’s launch of iBeacons finally gives us a wireless tech that works across platforms and addresses the limitations of NFC and GPS. But the early focus seems to be on retail, with Business Week proclaiming that iBeacon is […]