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
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
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
A small group of passionate volunteers deliver archeological and historical information using iBeacon technology Volunteers in Nefyn, North Wales, have been using the Locly online publishing platform to create proximity content for an iBeacon app. Using existing information from printed leaflets, as well as newly created video/audio clips and materials from organisations such as the Llyn Maritime Museum, the app provides valuable insight into the heritage of Nefyn and the surrounding countryside. Beacons have been placed at points of interest throughout the area and app users will receive a notification…read more
iBeacon brings shops, attractions & businesses together to provide a new travel experience Beaumaris Beacons is a new iPhone and iPad app that uses iBeacon technology to give visitors an interactive and immersive experience of a historical seaside town in North Wales. As they walk around, visitors using the app will see its contents change automatically depending on their exact location. It does this by picking up signals from individual beacons that have been placed in shops, restaurants, B&Bs and other organisations throughout the town. Visitors can download the free…read more
In this short video you can see how this large cultural event successfully used iBeacon technology to enhance visitor experience. 60+ beacons were placed around the 35 acre site, and the multilingual iPhone and iPad app was created using the Locly online publishing platform. Visitors to the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2014, used the app to view information that was relevant to what was nearby, such as activity schedules and competition results. They could also discover more information about exhibitors – from artists and performers to businesses and food…read more