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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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: Android v Apple – The Startling Difference

A startling difference between Apple and Android devices is highlighted in an analysis by Cambridge Consultants. While the report examines previous generations of devices and operating systems, it highlights the importance of accounting for a wide spread in designing Bluetooth LE experiences. Updated: With feedback from the whitepaper author, we’ve corrected this post to reflect that […]

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 […]