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Bluetooth Low Energy Devices Part 2: iBeacons explained

Following on from an earlier post about iBeacons, I thought that before we go into details of any experiments we've undertaken, I'd explain fully what iBeacons are and how they work.

An iBeacon is a small piece of technology that broadcasts network signals of a Bluetooth flavour. Essentially a battery and a circuit board (and some optional sensors depending on the use case) in a very compact form factor.

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Changing how we work

I just saw this graphic from Toothpaste for Dinner shared on LinkedIn by a fellow digital professional and it made me angry.

The Creative Process: work begins, f*** off, panic, all the work while crying, deadline. By Toothpaste For Dinner .

I got angry because all the comments were along the lines of:
"Ha ha. It's funny coz it's true."

and

"Yeah, I'm crying right now"

but actually, if you find this "funny coz it's true" or you're "crying right now" then you're doing something very, very wrong indeed, and I want to share some work we have been doing to avoid these pitfalls.

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Tech tools at Cogapp

At Cogapp we like to stay on the cutting edge. Well, as close as it's safe to be. We like exploring new tools especially when those tools promise to make our lives easier.

Everyone knows the stereotype that programmers are inherently lazy. Is it laziness or just programmers' preference for abstracting away and automating repetitive tasks? A predictable and repeatable process in place of a hand-cranked one will also reduce errors, but it's all about the indolence, surely? So how can front end developers follow the lead of other programmers and stop working so hard?

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Bluetooth Low Energy Devices

 iBeacons (or Bluetooth Low Energy devices) are all the rage at the moment; could they be the internal GPS killer app we are all hoping? We’ll report back soon on experiments we have running within Cogapp towers, but in the meantime, here’s some interesting links from the world of BTLE:

(Most of these started life on Kickstarter)

StickNFind $50/two. Stick them to your keys, never lose them again. Has an App, you can see your keys on a radar, and page them to play an alarm.

https://www.sticknfind.com/

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The road to Museums and the Web 2014

Oh Museums and the Web. It's been a long and winding road that leads us back to your door. Let me count the ways I have travelled to thee...

MW logo

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This Week at Cogapp

This week at Cogapp saw our Head of Production, Gavin Mallory and Head of New Technology, Joe Baskerville head stateside for the Museums and the Web annual conference (MW2014) in Baltimore. On their way there they visited our friends at the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Barnes Foundation, Hillwood Museums and Gardens and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Phew!  

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A week in the life of a Developer at Cogapp by Sam Murray

Monday

Monday starts with a coffee from a mug promoting John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign that someone brought back from a trip to Washington D.C. I like to imagine that Obama starts his week in the same way.

                                        

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This Week at Cogapp

The latest instalment in the Cogapp diary.

View from the Cogapp office
View from the Cogapp office, courtesy of Adam Tinworth on Flickr through Creative Commons.

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A week in the life of an Assistant Producer

Monday

Aside from a toasted bagel (purely optional), Monday mornings usually differ from one week to the next. Yes, there’re a good few minutes of sifting through some emails and deciding what beverage is best to wake me up whilst dodging the queue for the coffee machines, but truly, each Monday is different from the last.

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A personal trainer in your pocket: The new era of persuasive technology

Advances in persuasive technology are enabling a new type of user experience, one where apps and websites nudge individuals towards improving their lives.

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