iBeacon

  • The Open Secret Of iBeacon: Apple Could Have 250M Potential Units In The Wild By 2014

    The Open Secret Of iBeacon: Apple Could Have 250M Potential Units In The Wild By 2014

    Yesterday, Apple began a small press push on its new iBeacon technology, pushed an Apple Store app update to support them and turned the feature on in 254 U.S.-based stores in an initial rollout. According to the details we know so far, some Apple stores may have as many as 20 iBeacons deployed, depending on the size. But the size of that rollout is deceptive for a couple of reasons —… Read More

  • Connect Your Car to the World of Devices with High-Mobility

    High Mobility Launches To Give Cars The Power Of Apple’s iBeacon

    With High Mobility‘s hardware installed in a car, a driver could park next to a parking meter, get out of the car and walk away. The car pays for the parking itself using the driver’s smartphone and a dealer-installed High Mobility hardware. Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, the company claims the interaction is seamless for the user, that more features are on the… Read More

  • MLB’s iBeacon Experiment May Signal A Whole New Ball Game For Location Tracking

    MLB’s iBeacon Experiment May Signal A Whole New Ball Game For Location Tracking

    There’s been plenty of buzz about iBeacons and Bluetooth Low Energy radios — they’re supposed to do wonders for in-venue positioning, and plenty of companies have already expressed interest in deploying them in the field. But what is it like to actually stroll through a beacon-laden area? Curiously enough, Major League Baseball took on that challenge and recently decided to… Read More

  • Apple Uses Bluetooth LE To Enable Apple TV ‘Touch To Set Up’ Via iOS 7 Devices

    Apple Uses Bluetooth LE To Enable Apple TV ‘Touch To Set Up’ Via iOS 7 Devices

    Apple is leveraging the Bluetooth LE technology that it has been building into every iPhone since the iPhone 4S to enable automatic setup of an Apple TV 3G. Just touch a device running iOS 7 to a newer Apple set-top box to have it automatically set up Wi-Fi networks, region settings and Apple Store accounts. This essentially means — as far as we can tell — that Apple is using… Read More

  • Estimote Details iOS 7 iBeacon Support For Its Contextual Proximity Shopping Devices

    Estimote Details iOS 7 iBeacon Support For Its Contextual Proximity Shopping Devices

    Estimote, a Y Combinator graduate and Hardware Alley exhibitor here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013, was able to talk about something today that it’s never been able to before: how its product will work with Apple’s new iBeacon tech in iOS 7. iBeacons allow developers to communicate with iOS devices via Bluetooth Low Energy, in order to provide them with contextual info based on… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Contextual Adults

    Gillmor Gang: Contextual Adults

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — settle in for the Labor Day weekend with a tour of a busy news week. Stops along the way include iBeacon in iOS7, Twitter’s thin blue line, the politics of twerking, and devices, devices, devices. Short takes on Bill Gates’ unlikely return, Apple’s iTrade-In offer… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: IBeacon & Eggs

    Gillmor Gang: iBeacon & Eggs

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb filter across our head. Television is going streamland in a big way, and the Emmy nominations of Netflix’ House of Cards are but the most obvious indicator of the transformation. And what Apple has in store for us is becoming tangibly… Read More