As part of my art sculpture I’m exploring the use of beacons, so thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned here.
- very small device (two quarters stacked), low power reqs (coin battery) lasting a long time (up to 3 years!) + chipset + antenna (230’ range)
- BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) is the way to go, cheaper, lower energy
- stores use it to push info to shoppers, get help
- The Physical Web uses open source communication protocol called Eddystone to communicate - don’t need to d/l an app, works across all devices. There are beacons avail. that support both iBeacon and Eddystone : in the previous you’d need to d/l a specific app, for the latter, just open a browser that supports TPW (The Physical Web) to see same content.
Reading this, I just installed ‘Physical Web’ on my Android phone.
To explore this, you would use a BLE beacon that supports the Eddystone protocol, this will allow you to broadcast an URL. That URL can be picked up by a phone or such. Hmmmmm…
Running this example started the react-native server, but did require an Android SDK to be installed. Not to that point yet…