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APPLE IBEACON SPECIFICATIONS

There are a handful of beacon manufacturers competing in the market today, fromEstimote, Kontakt and Minew. These beacons all essentially operate the same way, making it tough for certain manufacturers to differentiate themselves from one another. In the business of hardware manufacturing,  contending companies compete on a price basis and have very little else in terms of gaining an advantage.

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More information: http://www.ibeacon.com/apple-ibeacon-specifications-published-by-the-fcc/

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THE IBEACON PLATFORM

The Apple iWatch is not due out until sometime in spring, yet developers are already bull rushing into the space. Marketers and advertisers are currently experimenting with the iWatch SDK, also known to developers as the WatchKit, so that their apps will be available for download the moment the iWatch is released.

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More information: http://www.ibeacon.com/apple-iwatch-marsh-supermarkets-inmarket-and-their-ibeacon-platform/

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CLEVELAND CAVALIERS NOW USING IBEACONS

The Cavaliers are joining a host of many other professional sports teams that are sending location-aware notifications to users with iOS 7 or greater. The team has installed hundreds of iBeacons into Quicken Loans Arena, now allowing them to ping fans with video content, promotions and reminders.65More information: http://www.ibeacon.com/cleveland-cavaliers-now-using-ibeacons-at-quicken-loans-arena/

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iBeacon for travel in 2015

In the few months since Apple released the iPhone 6 and unveiled its new iWatch, the tech world has been largely focused on the hardware. Much has been written about the larger screen size, increased pixel count, and of course, the future of wearables. What has gotten less coverage, but should be of far greater interest to marketers, is the software that powers these new products, specifically Apple’s decision to upgrade iBeacon technology in iOS 8.

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More information: http://www.tnooz.com/article/ibeacon-will-deliver-travel-2015/

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iBeacon tech at Cannes Lions 2015

This year’s official Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity app, released on Monday in conjunction with the event, sports integration with Apple’s iBeacon technology to offer attendees a personalized experience featuring relevant content surfacing and meet-ups with like-minded event-goers. 63More information: http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/06/22/ibeacon-tech-at-cannes-lions-2015-connects-attendees-promotes-content-discovery

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Crashing this 80-megapixel drone

Phase One has debuted what it’s calling “the world’s smallest” 80-megapixel medium format camera. The Phase One iXU 180 weighs just two pounds and its body is barely bigger than the Schneider-Kreuznach lens it’s attached to.

62More information: http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/01/crashing-this-80-megapixel-drone-camera-is-a-60k-mistake/

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Auto-following camera drone

It’s been several months since AirDog’s namesake tag-along camera drone was originally expected to ship, but the award-winning robotic flyer is finally close to reaching your doorstep. The company has confirmed that its sports-oriented companion will officially launch on August 31st for $1,295, with crowdfunding backers getting the first batch.

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More information: http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/01/airdog-drone-launches-august-31st/

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Lily Flying Camera Drone is brought to life

For those involved with product development, this is nothing new – in fact, the term is often referred to as “rapid prototyping” and has been in practice for the past few decades.  However, thanks to a combination of both advanced technologies and a decrease in cost, the ability to get product design ideas “rapid prototyped” quickly and cheaply has helped everyday people realize their product design visions not unlike what was only reserved for professional design firms and large corporations not too long ago.

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More information: http://www.3ders.org/articles/20150513-the-revolutionary-lily-flying-camera-drone-is-brought-to-life-thanks-to-3d-printing.html

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DJI Phantom 3 review

Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote about the impact DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+ might have on our skies. Up to that point, drones (or quadcoptors/multirotors, for the purists) had been slowly edging their way into mainstream consciousness. DJI’s ready-to-flyVision series, with their built-in cameras and easy operation turbocharged that creep into a march.

58More information: http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/26/dji-phantom-3-review/

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Drone flown over Wimbledon

If you own a drone and want to take it for a quick test flight, heed our advice: don’t fly anywhere near large sporting venues. Police arrested a pilot for filming Premier League football matches in March, and now a drone has been seized for swooping too close to Wimbledon. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was spotted flying over the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday morning and the Metropolitan Police were promptly notified.57

More information: http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/29/drone-wimbledon-seized/

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NASA prototypes a drone aircraft

No, you’re not looking at a very sophisticated boomerang — that may be the first aircraft to fly the Martian skies. NASA has revealed that it’s building a prototype for Prandtl-m (Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars), a glider drone that would launch from a descending rover and survey landing sites for the eventual manned mission.

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More information: http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/30/nasa-prototypes-mars-aircraft/

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Throw This Camera Drone in the Air

HENRY BRADLOW HOLDS an RC controller and a horribly cracked Moto X, but he’s only gripping these devices in case something goes wrong with his demo. When Bradlow, the CTO and co-founder of Lily Robotics, gives the go sign, Nghia Ho, the company’s computer vision engineer, flings a drone straight up into the air. It rises, and then immediately begins to fall.

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More information: http://www.wired.com/2015/05/lily-robotics-drone/

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Projection mapping technique brings paintings to life

If a hanging portrait suddenly smiles back at you, it might be something you’ve eaten, but it might also be HenGenTou – a new light projection technique developed by NTT Communication Science Laboratories that magically brings static objects like paintings to life.

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More information: http://www.gizmag.com/ntt-hengentou-projection-mapping-illusion/36233/

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Bazillion Wins Gold National ADDY

Multi-award winning animation and visual effects studio wins Gold National ADDY for 3D-animated architectural projection mapped video, ‘The Monument Comes Alive, celebrating Union Station Kansas City’s Centennial.

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More information: http://www.awn.com/news/bazillion-wins-gold-national-addy-projection-mapping-spectacle

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Sydney Opera House comes alive

The Sydney Opera House is as iconic a building there is in this world so it’s always stunning to see it come alive as a canvas for artists to display their animation on. 20 different animation studios teamed up to transform the Sydney Opera House into a living mural that is just so enjoyable to watch.

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More information: http://sploid.gizmodo.com/video-sydney-opera-house-comes-alive-with-projection-m-1707373606