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Re: More on iBeacon and "the end of NFC"

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Hugh Wallace <[log in to unmask]>

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Museums Computer Group <[log in to unmask]>

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If you can bear Robert Scoble's interview style/Google Glass oddness, this video is also worth checking out for a working demo of Estimote and Bluetooth Low Energy in which museums are referenced. It also mentions that you can turn your own phone into a beacon if you download their app (currently iPhone only I think):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VfJch1XpCOw 

As per Mike's points below, this could be huge...

Cheers,

Hugh

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-----Original Message-----
From: Museums Computer Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mike Ellis
Sent: 28 August 2013 11:24
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Subject: More on iBeacon and "the end of NFC"

I posted that thing to the list recently about Bluetooth 4.0. 

Robert Scoble just wrote this, calling it "the end of NFC".

https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/3RBfQm1E52u

The company mentioned in his post is here: http://estimote.com/ - more info from them:

> Apple, Google, Nokia have announced native support for the Bluetooth 
> Low Energy (BLE) chip The chip can communicate with smartphones from 4 
> inches to 30 feet away It's low power so can run for 2 years on a 
> single coin battery These particular "motes" also contain temperature 
> / motion sensors

Personally I think this could be huge for in-gallery mobile stuff - not necessarily this particular implementation of the tech but the fact that the general concept of low-energy Internet of Things spime-like devices (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spime) sitting in a physical space and delivering content / action seems to be now - finally - coming of age?

cheers

Mike


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Mike Ellis 

Thirty8 Digital: a small but perfectly formed digital agency: http://thirty8.co.uk  

* My book: http://heritageweb.co.uk *





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