Washington Post published a short video and PR piece on the Hacking Journalism we hosted last weekend.
Archives for July 2015
The group devoted months to rewriting Healthcare.gov functions in full, working as a startup within the government and replacing contractor-made apps with ones costing 1/50th, or 2% of the contractor prices.
Beacon technology was named after the iBeacon API that Apple released with iOS7. The API listens for a bluetooth UDID broadcast. At the time of iOS7, the API had to be associated to an existing app. Through the app’s background location monitoring, the UDID broadcast from a beacon could be detected and used as a hyperlocal trigger.
Since then, large and small companies have explored production of Beacon devices. The devices are small bluetooth radios strapped to a battery that broadcast the Beacon UDID every few seconds. The major differences between products are battery life, security, associated cloud-platforms, and hardware design.
iOS8’s release last year allowed beacons to be triggered in the iPhone lock-screen. Before this, the Beacon’s needed an app to trigger push notifications or in-app behavior. The iOS8 lock-screen interface creates a new interface for apps to be used based on location.
The example I have seen most for Beacons is coupons. The example shows a customer, who has a store’s app, walking by a brick-and-morter shop. Based on the dependency for having an app, this seems useless. I imagine any coupon notification would be a reminder for a user to delete the app.
I’m most interested in how these Beacons would be able to change the meaning of existing physical objects. In relation to news and media, the newspaper stand seems like an object that hasn’t changed. I can imagine an opportunity to repurpose these metal objects.
Anyone here interested in physical computing?
Im experimenting with a project to redesign newspaper stands. Im a software engineer and interested in playing with digital beacon technology to create news briefings in coffee shops/train stations.
If you are passionate about this intersection, Id love to meet up and bounce ideas around.
email: rememberlenny [at] gmail