Getting Started with iBeacon Part 3: Assigning Content to Beacon Devices
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this tutorial series you created some content for your beacon and shared it with those nearby by using your device as a beacon. Now we’re going to look at how to assign your content to an iBeacon device e.g. locly beacon, Estimote etc.
Make sure you’re still logged in and viewing the card you created earlier. You’ll need your iBeacon device to hand so your device can see it too.
1. Detecting the beacon and assigning content:
- Tap on the first card in any of your projects and then the Card Options icon.
- Tap on ‘Assign to beacon‘.
- Select a beacon from the list of beacons detected by the app.
- Choose how long you want to assign the content to the beacon for, e.g. ‘Indefinitely‘
- Next you need to select the transmission radius for the beacon…. (continue reading)
2. Setting the transmission radius of the beacon:
Quite often you might want to restrict the area in which your content is visible from. This can create some really interesting experiences, such as a treasure hunt where you need to get up and close to the beacon. To decide how far away the device needs to be from the beacon you have three options:
- ‘When Visible‘ – select this option if you want the content to show whenever the beacon is detected from any distance.
- ‘Nearer than me‘ – select this option if you want the content to show only when a device is nearer to the beacon than what your device is right now.
- ‘Further than me‘ – select this option if you want the content to show only when a device is further away from the beacon than what your device is right now.
To see the beacon in action, tap on the ‘Nearby‘ tab where you will be able to see your card. As you move further or closer away from the beacon you will be able to see the effects of the settings you chose. For example if you chose ‘Further than me’ when you move away from the iBeacon you will see the Place and Card disappear and then re-appear when you move back.
Using these tools you can create some really interesting experiences. For example you could create a number of places assigned to one iBeacon and have different content appear as the user moves closer to the beacon. If you’re doing a treasure hunt this could be used to show ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ cards indicating how close or far you are from the beacon.
It’s handy to know that…
- Things that interfere with radio frequencies (and thus the estimation of distance from the iBeacon) can make the app think it’s further away or closer to the beacon than it actually is. These things could include people stood in the line of sight of the beacon, placing a beacon in a metal box or having a metal case on your device.
- You can customise the visibility of Places and Cards further by using the menu to edit them. You could add date ranges or more distance rules to create engaging experiences.
In the next tutorial we look at ways you can quickly bring content into the locly app from other apps you have on your device. Great if you hate typing!
Other tutorials in this series:
- Getting Started with iBeacon Part 1: Creating Content
- Getting Started with iBeacon Part 2: Your Device as a Beacon
- Getting Started with iBeacon Part 3: Assigning Content to Beacon Devices
- Getting Started with iBeacon Part 4: Creating Content from Other Apps
- Getting Started with iBeacon Part 5: Creating a Simple Treasure Hunt