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Talk given at Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio on iBeacon and Bluetooth Low Energy. 14/3/14

Talk given at Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio on iBeacon and Bluetooth Low Energy. 14/3/14



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  • I B E A C O N A N D B L U E T O O T H L E S A M M A C H I N & T O M M E L A M E D
  • W H O A R E W E • Tom Melamed: • Calvium, sensors, the ginger one • Sam Machin: • Phone networks, tech, not the ginger one
  • C O N T E N T S • What is a bluetooth beacon? • What is an iBeacon? • Why care about indoor location? • What’s it good for?
  • B E A C O N S • Lighthouses • Broadcast • Shouting in the dark • Car alarm
  • B L U E T O O T H ? ? ? • No this isn’t the old Bluetooth • This is BT v4.0 • aka, Bluetooth Low Energy, BLE, Bluetooth Smart
  • B L U E T O O T H H E A D S E T S A U D I O M O D E M F I L E T R A N S F E R S M A R T WA T C H F I T N E S S T R A C K E R I B E A C O N B L E
  • W H AT S B L E G O O D F O R • Connected Devices • Short quick bits of data • Sensor Networks • Broadcast
  • I B E A C O N S • Apple created the ‘spec’ • Formatted string of Data thats broadcast every sec • Part of CoreLocation in iOS7 • 3rd Party Android Libraries are available
  • I B E A C O N S • Beacons have a UUID, Major & Minor IDs • 1 UUID per App (D6E07B1B-678A-4E3E-B2EA-39CEE481EB76) • Major (0-65535) • Minor (0-65535)
  • I B E A C O N H W • Estimote • BT Dongle • RedBear Labs BLE Board • Raspberry Pi & Dongle • Macbook/iPhone
  • D E V I C E S • iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, iPod Touch 5th Gen • iPad 3rd Gen, 4th Gen, Air, & Mini • Samsung Galaxy S3, S3 Mini, S4, S4 Mini, S4 Active, Note 2, Note 3, Note 10.1 • HTC One, Max, Mini (OS v4.3+ only) • Sony Xperia Z, Z1, Z1 Compact SP, T, TX, V, Xperia Tablet Z, Ultra, ZR, ZL (OS v4.3+ only) • LG G2, G Pro2, G Flex, Vu3.0 • Motorola Moto G, Moto X • LGE Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2013 only) (This list is not exhaustive)
  • Uses of iBeacon
  • I N D O O R P O S I T I O N I N G • GPS only works outside. • But we spend most of our time indoors. • Nothing as good as GPS has ever worked indoors.
  • I N D O O R P O S I T I O N I N G • Ultrasound • WiFi • Custom Radios • IR Beacons • UltraWideBand • Cellular (Path Intelligence)
  • I N D O O R P O S I T I O N I N G • Cameras • Magnetometers • RFID • Accelerometers • Combinations of the above
  • I N D O O R P O S I T I O N I N G • iBeacons are simple to set up • Built in to modern phones • Provide zones of interest • Room or sub-room accuracy • Not perfect
  • D E P L O Y M E N T S • Apple Stores (US) • CES Trade Show • ANAGRAM • PayPal Beacon (Hybrid)
  • A P P L I C AT I O N I D E A S • Indoor Navigation • Telling your device something has happened • Peer 2 Peer signaling • Games • Home Augmentation
  • P R I VA C Y • The iBeacon is a Broadcast Only Device • An iBeacon is a ‘dumb’ device • iBeacons themselves cannot track you • An iBeacon can only trigger an app you have installed
  • S E C U R I T Y • Easy(ish) to spoof a beacon • Show CES video • Whats the payoff • Further checks in app using other tech
  • Questions?
  • T O M @ C A LV I U M . C O M @ T H E G I N G E R T O M ! S A M @ S A M M A C H I N . C O M @ S A M M A C H I N T H A N K S F O R L I S T E N I N G