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Using iBeacon with Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android

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A lightening talk on how to use iBeacons for Mobile C# devices. This talk was given at the May 2014 Queensland Mobile C# Developers Meetup.

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Using iBeacon with Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android

  1. 1. WORKING WITH IBEACONS Glenn Stephens
  2. 2. WHAT IS A BEACON? • Proximity Detection Device • Using for close interaction detection
  3. 3. WHAT CANYOU DO WITH THEM? • Location Centric Applications • Prize Hunts • Informational Booth Style Apps • Anything where location is a factor. e.g. Cafe ordering from the table • Airport checkin • Signon for services
  4. 4. WHAT CAN I USE AS A BEACON? • Variety of Devices • Raspberry Pi • Apple • Any device that supports Bluetooth 4 LE
  5. 5. TREASURE HUNT • Need a volunteer to use one of the beacon apps • Time to find the monkey • Rewarded with a real monkey
  6. 6. PLATFORM USAGE iOS using the Find the Monkey app ! Code Walkthrough
  7. 7. FOR IOS • Geofencing • Region Monitoring when your app is running in the background • Proximity Detection • When the application is running in the foreground • Lets look at the Beacon tool to see proximity
  8. 8. FOR IOS • Use the LocationManager with iOS7 extensions and use the beacon functionality • Look at • http://www.knowing.net/index.php/2013/09/19/my-favorite-ios-7-apis-part-1- ibeacons-and-multipeer-connectivity/ • http://blog.xamarin.com/play-find-the-monkey-with-ios-7-ibeacons/ • https://github.com/mikebluestein/FindTheMonkey • https://github.com/xamarin/monotouch-samples/tree/master/AirLocate • http://www.knowing.net/index.php/2013/09/19/xamarin-code-for-ibeacons/
  9. 9. PLATFORM USAGE Android using the Xamarin Component by Chris Riesgo ! Example project using the same find the monkey !
  10. 10. PLATFORM USAGE Android using Google Glass demo. Only arrived yesterday
  11. 11. ANDROID DETAILS • Links • https://github.com/chrisriesgo/FindTheMonkey-Android • http://blog.xamarin.com/use-ibeacons-in-android-with-c/ • Google Glassing it up • http://blog.xamarin.com/ibeacons-and-google-glass/ • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTtBnUl_2-g • https://github.com/chrisntr/FindTheMonkey-GoogleGlass
  12. 12. WINDOWS PHONE • Windows Phone 8.1 is the first to add BT4 LE support • Should (hopefully) see some availability of iBeacon support soon • Not quite there yet, but soon according to the Microsoft members that attended the meet up
  13. 13. THANKS • Glenn Stephens @glenntstephens

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