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This tutorial, with help from your Android or iOS smartphone, will provide a technical overview of the technologies employed by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. Bluetooth beacons are small, wireless, electronic devices that repeatedly broadcast short messages. When in proximity to a beacon, BLE-capable mobile devices may display brief contextual information relevant to the current location. Retailers plan to use BLE beacons to enhance your shopping experience, although countless other applications are possible.
In this tutorial, you will configure your Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) -capable smartphone to display discrete "notifications" when it is in proximity to Bluetooth beacons, including those in the tutorial venue. You will gain first-hand knowledge of the beacon user experience, which will motivate an examination of the components of the beacon ecosystem. Next, you will install an app to view the contents of the messages broadcast by beacons, followed by a discussion of beacon protocols and technologies.
This tutorial will include a brief review of the capabilities of Bluetooth Low Energy. The wireless communications protocols used by Google (Eddystone) and Apple (iBeacon) will be described. Google's beacon-related products, including the Eddystone protocol and related APIs will be examined.
Attendees will gain hand-on experience using their personal mobile device to interact with Bluetooth beacons: displaying the contextual information triggered by proximity to a beacon, and examining the contents of beacon messages. The tutorial will also include technical information about Google's and Apple's beacon protocols and Google's beacon-related APIs.
Software engineers, hardware engineers, product managers, and others interested in understanding of the technologies behind Bluetooth beacons. There is no prerequisite, beyond an interest in the technical details of how Bluetooth beacons work. Attendees will benefit from bringing their own Android or iOS mobile device that supports Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE).
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Step 1. Create an account. Use the "Create Account" button at the top of the right-hand corner.
Step 2. Choose a view. Select either the "List" or the "Grid" icon. (It's the same data, just a different view of the sessions.)
Step 3. Choose your sessions. Click the "Add" or "Remove" button next to each session to add it to, or remove it from, your personalized schedule.
Step 4. Review your schedule. Push the "My Schedule" button in the left column to view your selected sessions.