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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

iBeacons Reveal Hidden Fairies at Castell Coch

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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

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

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

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 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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Historians bring the past into the present using iBeacon technology

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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

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World’s First Beacon Coffee Machine at the London Beacon Hackathon

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As part of the excellent Beacon hackathon that’s been underway in London, we though it would be good to show an example of how Beacons can influence their surroundings – and what better way than to have a Beacon controlled coffee machine. How great would it be if a coffee machine could remember what your favourite way to make coffee is, and vend this type each time just by placing the cup under the dispenser? If you’re carrying a beacon, or using an app on your phone, then the coffee…read more

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