With the advent of the finalized web Bluetooth spec (shipped in Chrome 56), we are now able to leverage a technology formerly only available within native apps: using Bluetooth to scan for beacons and create web content in response to a beacon’s signal. If you’re not scared to live on the cutting edge, it’s well worth your time to learn about web Bluetooth and start connecting your spare beacon fleet to your websites.
Jen Looper explores using web Bluetooth in real-world scenarios, such as connecting to web beacons to enhance educational experiences. With web Bluetooth, the path to “walking up and using anything” promised by the physical web just got easier, more streamlined, and a lot more fun to use quickly.
Jen Looper is a Boston-based web and mobile developer specializing in cross-platform educational and fitness apps for iOS, Android, Nook, Kindle, and Windows Phone. As a developer advocate at Telerik, Jen enjoys meeting other developers to talk about innovations in frontend technologies. You can view her portfolio at Ladeezfirstmedia.com. Jen is passionate about hardware hacking and has launched ThingLearn.com to teach kids about science and programming by means of the internet of things.
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