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Turn your Phone into a Dragon Detector!

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Following on from the recent launch of the iBeacon Fairy Trail, Cadw has added another great proximity Augmented Reality (AR) experience to their existing Locly Native mobile app called ‘Little Dragons’. We’ve been working with Cardiff-based agency Equinox to create the new dragon-themed iBeacon proximity game for visitors to enjoy at 7 castle sites across Wales. The game is slightly different to the Fairy Trail (as described in this blog) as the standard Discovery Grid layout has been replaced with an awesome Dragon Detector (custom HTML 5 card), complete with spinning arrow! After downloading the Cadw app and tapping…read more

Storiel Visitors Take a Guided Walk Through History

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We are delighted to tell you about a great new app we’ve been working on with the recently refurbished gallery and museum, STORIEL.  The app aims to help visitors get the most out of their visit by sending them on a digital guided tour of the building.  STORIEL contacted us with a number of aims for an app:: To share the amazing history of the building, which is the second oldest building in Bangor, plus details of the recent restoration project. To encourage visitors to explore the whole building, not…read more

Locly Native Tutorial: Linking App Content to Beacon Devices

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In this video we show you how to associate content in your Locly Native app to physical beacon devices. This example uses a Locly beacon, but you can easily use other beacon devices such as Estimote or Kontact.io, and shows you how to (1) display app content in a particular order and (2) trigger a notification. 1. Ordering Content The simplest use of beacons is to order content by proximity. By assigning each collection/card to a beacon, your content will automatically be shown to the user in order of proximity, with the nearest to the user’s device at the top of the list.  This…read more

10 Great New Features for your Locly Native Proximity App

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We are delighted to announce a bumper release of the Locly Native app and platform this week, which includes some new functionality that will help make your React Native proximity/location app even more awesome than before!  So without further ado, lets take a look at some of the fantastic features now included in our standard app template: 1. Full Screen Images You can now tap on any image in a card to go full screen. The user can then pinch and zoom to look at the image more closely, which is…read more

Tutorial: Create Before & After images for your mobile app

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Before & After images, where you swipe a finger across the app screen to blend between two images, can be a simple yet very effective addition to your proximity mobile app. Commonly used by Locly users to illustrate how an object or place has changed over time, these images can be used in almost any instance to show contrast and/or transformation. This quick tutorial shows you how you can easily add a Before & After image card to your app: Step 1: Creating the Before & After card Login to your Locly Native App Builder Desktop…read more

Cadw brings castles to life with new digital interpretation app

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Cadw, a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’, is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service which looks after heritage sites across the country.  They wanted a new Android and iOS app that would take advantage of location and proximity technologies, and give visitors a magical interactive experience when visiting their sites. Primary goals for the app were clean design, simple navigation and bilingual content, so Locly Native was a perfect match for their requirements. The app also had to deliver GPS information for the organisation’s 100+ sites across…read more

Place a beacon on an expert to encourage visitor interaction

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It’s a common assumption that beacons need to be stationery for their signal to be picked up by a mobile app. But this isn’t always the case. They can also be placed on moving things such as buses and cars……and also people!  With the help of a very basic mobile app you can use beacons to encourage interaction between people who are in the same place at the same time. For example, in a museum or event it can help make staff more approachable to visitors, encouraging them to chat…read more

ISTE 2015: See iBeacon in action!

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It’s almost time for ISTE 2015, which starts this Saturday in Philadelphia and we are very excited about exhibiting at the event for the first time! Locly is an easy to use self-service iBeacon platform that is being used actively in schools all over the globe to bring digital learning into the here and now.  iBeacon is transforming how devices interact with the real world, giving students the ability to explore their physical surroundings like never before.

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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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