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Castle to ‘be finished’ over 700 years after it was built

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We had a great response yesterday to the launch of Cadw’s new digital iBeacon tour for Beaumaris Castle.  The digital trail includes a number of iBeacon hotspots, featuring atmospheric audio narrations and before and after images, and the trail perfectly complements the castle’s other new physical interpretations. In a feature on ITV News, Erin Lloyd Jones from Cadw said “Any schools, children or families that come can experience doing things at the castle and if things are a bit more hands on they can have more fun and maybe stay a little bit…read more

Locly Native: New App Builder for Android & iOS

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We’ve recently updated our website to reflect some changes in the Locly platform, namely the launch of Locly Native, our new easy-to-use app-builder platform with GPS, beacon and Physical Web support. The existing Locly platform has been renamed Locly Sandbox, and remains focused on enabling educators/trainers to deliver in-the-moment content to iPads using iBeacon devices. We are hugely excited about Locly Native.  It’s perfect for anyone wanting to easily create a mobile app for Android and iOs with location and proximity support – iBeacon, Eddystone, Physical Web and GPS.  The platform uses React…read more

iBeacon in Education: Your iPad is already aware of iBeacon, are you?

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Guest blog by Daniel Edwards, Director of Innovation & Learning at Stephen Perse Foundation schools, Cambridge, UK. iBeacon and Education 1-to-1 tablets are transformational devices within education, with unbounded capabilities to engage, interact, discover and learn. Take a student’s iPad – it knows who its owner is; it knows what apps are being used and the content that is being created and worked upon. All of this is stored in its digital, virtual space. Now imagine if the iPad could see who and what was nearby, and be aware of…read more

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15 Ways to Use Beacons in 2015

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2014 was the year that everyone got really excited about beacon technology and there’s no doubt that 2015 will be the year it becomes mainstream. There are thousands and thousands of potential applications for the technology, many of which have already been successfully implemented over the last 12 months: see Regents Street, Kew Gardens, National Slate Museum, Macy’s, House of Fraser, Sofaworks to name just a few. As we begin what will be a very exciting year we’ve put together a quick of 15 ways beacons can be used across…read more

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Getting Started with iBeacon Part 5: Creating a Simple Treasure Hunt

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In Part 5 of our Getting Started guide we show you how you can create a simple treasure hunt using the locly app and three physical iBeacon devices. So after following the steps described in Part 1 of this tutorial series, here’s what you need to do: 1. Setting up your places and cards: In the app tap on ‘Create New Project‘ Create your first place in your new project. This should contain the first clue and be instructional on what to do. To make sure users can always see…read more

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Getting Started with iBeacon Part 4: Creating Content from Other Apps e.g. Notability

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So far in the series we’ve learned how to create content for your iBeacon, use your device as a beacon and assign content to your iBeacon powered devices. Now we’re going to quickly create some content by sharing it from another app. In this example we’re using Notability, but you can use other apps such as Explain Everything, Evernote, Google Drive and many more! Make sure you’ve been following the steps in the previous tutorials and you’re still logged in to the locly app on your device.

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Getting Started with iBeacon Part 3: Assigning Content to Beacon Devices

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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.

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Getting Started with iBeacon Part 2: Your Device as a Beacon

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This is the second part in our 5 part video tutorial about getting started with the locly app and iBeacons. In this post we explain how to share your content with anyone nearby by turning your device into a beacon. If you haven’t already you might want read the first post about creating beacon content. If you’ve got an iBeacon device in hand ready to go you might want to skip ahead and learn how to assign content to it. You can always come back and learn about this later!…read more

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Getting Started with iBeacon Part 1: Creating Content

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The locly app is an easy to use tool to create content for iBeacon devices in minutes. This is the first part in a series of video tutorials that will help you create and assign your first content to a beacon. The tutorials will start off by showing you how to create some simple content on the locly platform and how to pin this content to a beacon. Once you’ve grasped the basics we will move on and show you can open content you already have in other applications and…read more

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