Notes from the floor of Macworld/iWorld 2014

We had a great time at Macworld/iWorld 2014 and had a good time talking about iBeacons. There was tons of interest in iBeacons and in the scavenger hunt, and we had a lot of good discussions. We should have brought out Bleu Stations to sell, as people really wanted to jump into the technology and…

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iBeacon enabling a native app

One of the cool ways that you can use iBeacons is to incorporate them into your native app so that a customer is engaged from the moment they enter your store. To demonstrate this, we created a sample app, released some sample code, created a tutorial, and even uploaded a video! Check them out at:…

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Creating a Beacon Enabled Passbook Pass on iOS with Bleu Setup

Bleu Setup is the configuration app for Bleu Station, the iBeacon compatible Bluetooth hardware from Twocanoes Software. This video shows how to use Bleu Setup to create a Beacon Enabled pass for passbook that can be shared with others. When someone with a iBeacon enabled pass gets in range of your Bleu Station, the pass…

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10 awesome things you can do today with iBeacons

Beacons have been getting a lot of press lately about how they are going to transform retail, but iBeacons are much more than that. You can use them for a bunch of cool stuff with your iPhone, your Mac, and a couple of iBeacons. First, a bit of background. iBeacons are Bluetooth devices that broadcast…

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iBeacon on iOS: What, Me Worry?

iBeacon technology is pretty new, and people are still thinking up ways to use it. There’s lots of excitement about the possibilities, but there’s also lots of concern about the potential for privacy invasion and spam. The two opposing extremes break down roughly like this: iBeacon is great! Retailers are going to be able to…

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Travel Logging with Geohopper

At Twocanoes Labs we’ve been focused on the Bleu Station hardware and apps, but I recently discovered a useful method to keep a live travel log that requires no special hardware aside from an iOS device. It does require Geohopper for iOS, a Zapier account and Google Docs. There seem to be a billion tracking…

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How Apple’s iBeacon Could Upend Retail Shopping

How Apple’s iBeacon Could Upend Retail Shopping austincanoe: A lot of the iBeacon stuff seem to enthuse about how retailers are going to get our money faster and easier. So it’s nice to see some applications that would actually make life better for people. With iBeacon, people who are vision impaired could be easily guided…

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Bleu Station with Android

We got a Nexus 7 Android tablet here at Twocanoes Labs to test with iBeacon support. The folks over at Radius Networks have both a iBeacon app and an Android beacon service. They also make their iBeacon app available on the Google Play store. We wanted to see how it would work with our Bleu…

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Bleu Stations, Geohopper for iOS and Mac, Beaconfinder.com, and more

Today is a big day at twocanoes. We are releasing six new or updated projects to support our efforts around proximity. The biggest news is our iBeacon hardware, Bleu Station. When adding in support for iBeacons to Geohopper for iOS so Geohopper can notify your friends and family when in the proximity of a beacon,…

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The Rise of iBeacon

As Apple releases iOS 7, iBeacons are now available for app developers to start incorporating into their applications. Our iOS app, Geohopper, allows you to trigger actions based on entering and exiting physical locations and we were very excited when iBeacons support was announced. iBeacon allows us to get a lot more granular with detecting…

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