Beacon Hackathon: UK Edition

A Hackathon will be held this weekend (April 25-27th) in the UK with presentations by beacon providers on Friday evening, and two days of coding and judging on Saturday and Sunday. The event, being hosted by BeMyApp, follows on the success of the company’s San Francisco edition. You don’t need to be a coder to […]

Apple iOS 7.1 Launches Major iBeacon Improvement

iBeacon Now Works When the App Is Closed Apple launched iOS 7.1 today and with it a major, game-changing improvement to iBeacon. As of today, once an app is installed it will “look” for beacons even if your app is shut down or you’ve rebooted your phone. We tested the functionality today to verify the […]

iBeacon: Is Bluetooth On? And Other Insights from Empatika

What are the biggest challenges in designing experiences around Bluetooth LE beacons? Can we even count on consumers to have Bluetooth on? And can iBeacon technology do more than just deliver coupons? For the developers at Moscow’s Empatika the answers to these questions haven’t always come easy but they’ve come through winning strategies for user […]

iBeacon Design Paradigms: TabViews and Cards

How do you present content on an app that interacts with Bluetooth LE or iBeacons? In most demos, the apps generally present a new view when the user comes within range of specific beacons. Think of this approach as the “pop up window” for a world of beacons. But we’re always interested in new ways […]

iBeacon Development: 5 UX and Design Challenges

It seems simple enough: put a beacon on the wall, call a few classes inside your iOS app, release it to your users and watch with joy as they receive a helpful welcome message when they walk in the front door. But iBeacon development isn’t that simple and it’s challenging designers, coders and business development […]

iOS 7.1: Will Apple Fix iBeacon?

Apple’s iBeacon is broken. Not in a serious show-stopping way. But there are enough little glitches and problems to make developers think they’re going slightly crazy as they play around with their Estimote or other beacons. But hope is on the horizon: we’re only a few beta releases away from the launch of iOS 7.1. […]

iBeacon Round-Up: Move (to) Me

We spent the weekend building and playing with beacons. And there’s good news: if you’re developing with Bluetooth LE you’ll get a lot of exercise. Either that, or you’ll build a little pulley system and attach your beacons to it so you can test without leaving your chair. Because the problem with beacons is that […]

iBeacon Tutorial: Dealing with ‘Errors’

iBeacon developers are the Matt Damon of coding: incredibly smart, imaginative people but deep down inside they need someone to hug them and tell them “It’s not your fault.” If you’ve been playing with Apple’s iBeacon(TM) technology you’ll know what I mean. Maybe you followed the tutorial on DevFright and checked out Cocoanetics once you […]

Apple iBeacon Bugs Complicate Bluetooth LE Experience

Before you attack your new Bluetooth LE beacon in frustration you can blame a possible bug in the Apple API for sudden state changes in finding and ranging beacons. After banging our own heads, Dan Nolan from Proxima confirmed a problem we’d been seeing and which we initially blamed either on the beacons themselves or […]

Estimote Quick Tip: Edit Major/Minor and Other Device Properties

A short and incredibly sweet tip if you recently got your hands on a set of Estimote Bluetooth LE beacons: run, don’t walk and grab yourself a copy of the Estimote Editor. It’s a sweet little piece of code that lets you quickly change the settings on the physical beacon (e.g. major/minor and other values). […]