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 – […]

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 […]

Beacons Hits The Beach – And a Magazine Near You

In a sign of how ubiquitous beacons will become, a campaign by Nivea shows that beacons definitely aren’t just for the shopping aisle – they’re for your kids, your dog or your refrigerator case full of caviar. The following campaign highlights an amazing concept: that beacons can be distributed directly in a magazine. With waterproof […]

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 […]

Airbnb iBeacon? The Future of the Smart Hotel

Just like retailers imagine they can reinvigorate retail through beacons, so do hotels. But while they seek to reinvent their industries, they also need to keep an eye out for newcomers and imagine how upstarts like Uber or Airbnb might reimagine the end-to-end experience of place. The Smart Hotel Tim Groot imagines traditional hotels in […]

From Disney to Tulips: iBeacon and the Future of Attractions

With tens of millions of dollars of investment and the Disney Empire behind it, the MagicBand has redefined how a place-based experience can be…well, magical: It’s a unique system that uses a sensor laden wristband to enhance the entire spectrum of their Disney experience from trip planning, ticketing and access to payment and photo management. […]

Bluetooth LE: With Nordic Inside Wearable, Your Arm Is The Controller

Nordic Semiconductor confirmed today that the Myo, an armband that uses Bluetooth LE to turn your arm into a gesture controller, utilizes their using nRF51822 2.4GHz System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity. The armband, which will ship in 2014 for $149, is the world’s first muscle activity electromyography-based gesture control device. […]

Bluetooth LE: Where Go the Wearables, So Go I

Designing for a world of beacons isn’t about making current transaction-based systems more efficient: it’s about designing experiences that matter to users. I was reminded of this by a summary of design principles for wearable devices by Marcus Weller (emphasis added): “In the coming decade, wearable technology will touch nearly every aspect of our lives. It […]

Apple iBeacon and the iWatch: Why API Failures Point to Wearable Devices

The ‘failures’ of the Apple iBeacon(tm) API might not be errors after all: instead, they might hold a hint of a coming generation of wearable devices and, perhaps, the long-rumored iWatch. We’ve been spending a lot of time on ‘work-arounds’ to how Apple handles Bluetooth LE. The iBeacon programming framework is deceptively simple: look for […]