Apple iBeacons: 5 Common Myths

Its been called an NFC killer. Or Apple’s secret retail weapon. But myths have been launched along with the Apple’s iBeacon API, with Apple not exactly pounding the pavements to explain itself. At its simplest level, Bluetooth LE is a wireless low-energy protocol for data transmission. It was designed to be simple and to be […]

Internet of Things: The Quantified Self Resource Guide

We’re all beacons on the Internet of Things. And while we might debate whether it’s parking or your fridge that’s the gateway drug to an Internet of Everything, for most people it’s a FitBit watch or a pair of wired-up Nike shoes. Some people call it the quantified self. Which isn’t something I’d put on […]

Bluetooth LE and the Internet of…Bike Locks

Bluetooth LE powers beacons, thermostats and garden sprinklers. Next up? Using it to replace keys and combinations on your bike lock. The lock, being promoted on Kickstarter, is over halfway to its funding goal. And while I have reservations about Kickstarter in general, the Bitlock project is, if nothing else, a reminder of how many […]

Water Your Lawn? There’s an App for That

Israeli start-up Greenbox is connecting your lawn to the Internet of Things, aiming to be Nest for your backyard. With a similar website to Nest, they hit all the usual buttons: easy-to-use, firmware updates, cross-platform, water-conserving devices with a simple user interface you can access from your phone or computer. As TechCrunch reports, the Greenbox […]