The history of Leicester Castle is being explained through a new phone app. Visitors to the castle can use their own smartphones or tablets to unlock information about the historic site – parts of which date back to the 11th Century. Part of a project called ‘Leicester Castle Tells its Story’, the app uses iBeacon devices to help visitors uncover facts related to key locations around the castle, including its time as a royal fortress for Richard III and famous trails as a law court. The app has been created…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
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.
Here’s a short video showing the Beaumaris App in action. An interesting, real-world iBeacon case study for any town thinking of implementing iBeacon technology for trade and/or tourism.
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