I am spending more time in operations, and playing with some what if ideas.
Apple announced iBeacon and most are focusing on retail and consumer type of experiences. Here is a Washington Post article with a few.
How iBeacons could change the world forever
Apps such as Google Maps and FourSquare have long used location data to try to improve the average person’s mobile experience. But that could be just the tip of the location iceberg as Bluetooth’s latest technology revolutionizes how people interact with everyday objects and places.
The above is about Radius Networks device.
Here is a GigaOm post by Kevin Tofel on Qualcomm’s Gimbal device.
It is an interesting exercise to think about how operations can be change with proximity sensors. This is much more interesting than RFID. Why? iBeacon is built on Bluetooth 4.0 which is more ubiquitous than RFID readers. NFC hasn’t really taken off, and with Apple’s iBeacon announcement bluetooth proximity sensors are hot.