Noah J Nelson on Monday, Apr. 28th
With all the concerns we have about privacy and data mining by marketers Apple’s iBeacon technology, which uses low energy Bluetooth signals to communicate with iPhones, has seemed to have more downsides than up. After all, if a store shelf is talking to your phone, then it knows where you are. That fact alone can make people uncomfortable.
So what are the potential upsides?
As for iBeacon features, the companion iOS app will automatically start sending notifications if you leave the glasses behind (at 16ft, then again at 32ft and 50ft). You’ll also be able to track your glasses “if you misplace your Tzurkuris at home, you can track distance to the nearest foot. Alternatively, in wide-open spaces, the app will save the last location you had your glasses and show you on a map.” With iBeacon post iOS 7.1, users won’t even have to open the app to get notified.
While this is a vision of the Internet of Things I can get behind (I’m already down two pairs of sunglasses this year) it’s going to cost: the glasses will be available for around $230 dollars as part of a crowdfunding pre-order, and then jump in price once they land in stores next year.