We’re delighted to tell you about a delightful iBeacon project we’ve been working on with Mint Motion for the existing Cadw app. Using the Locly Native platform, Mint Motion have created an iBeacon augmented reality game for visitors to play at Cadw’s very own fairytale castle Castell Coch. The game has been added as a new collection to the existing Cadw app which was also built using our platform. This new game uses Locly Native’s Discovery Grid card type – which is typically used for proximity/beacon treasure hunts – but with the addition of a new augmented reality (AR) style camera…read more
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
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
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
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
Locly Co-founder Rhys Jones joined an interesting discussion with the BBC today about a new project that plans to connect farm animals, and other country things, to the each other and the wider internet. The project is being carried out by scientists at Lancaster University in collaboration with Bangor University over the next 18 months, and will be looking into problems ranging from flooding and agricultural pollution to animal movement and drought, with technology potentially providing crucial data. Project lead Professor Gordon Blair said that Internet of Things technology could…read more
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
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.
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.
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