Ahhh…that is good. We are getting momentum in the “Internet of Things”-topic. Since Apple announced support for the iBeacon standard and started to test the technology in the apple stores, we see more and more “field” experiments and also media coverage. So I decided to buy a Estimote Developer Kit to play aorund with the hardware and the API (i will give you an update about my experience).
During my search for iBeacons (or Beacons or Bluetooth LE devices, clarification follows), I found several suppliers for Beacons. Here is a list of them where you can buy (i)Beacons. Let me know when you are missing some devices.
- Kontakt.io Beacons (iBeacon compatible)
- Offers own iOS App, Andriod App comming soon
- SaaS CMS
- API to access the CMS
- from 3 Beacons: $ US 81
- Twitter: @kontakt_io
- Estimote Beacons (iBeacon compatible)
- API for Smartphone Apps
- from 3 Beacons: $ US 99
- Twitter: @Estimote
- SmartBeacon Beacons
- SaaS Platform
- from 3 Beacons: € 100 ($ US 138)
- Twitter: @Smart_Beacon
Shortly you’ll find a list of SaaS providers for iBeacons on my blog. And hopefully i’ll find time to map out more of the emerging Beacon Ecosystem. Have a great Workers’ Day!
Edit May 22: Added three suppliers