iBeacons for the Masses

on Monday, Jun. 16th

I’ve become a little obsessed by the possibilities that Apple’s iBeacon standard are opening up for “enchanting” the world. The low-power Bluetooth standard allows for communication between physical tags and smartphones, which at the moment is being leveraged by major corporations to create seamless shopping environments.

That use case will do a lot to get the devices out into the wild, but what gets the mind reeling is the ability to create stories and games with the tech. Now wanna-be iBeacon hackers can get their hands on various markers, and The Unofficial Apple Weblog has a review of two models from RadBeacon. One is a USB dongle (heh, heh, dongle) and the other is a battery powered tag that can be attached to just about anything.

The review by Steven Sande doesn’t go into depth on exactly what the configuration software allows for, but ends on this note:

(Curious) would-be iBeacon fans can do things like purchase a few RadBeacons, then use apps like Proximitask (free) or the recently-updated Launch Center Pro ($4.99) to set up reminders that go off with you arrive at or leave a specific location. The latter app can even trigger IFTTT recipes, which opens up a whole new world of location-based automation.

Hooking the beacons up to IFTTT unlocks a world of possibilities. Hackers: start your brains!


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