P4 BYOL: Interacting with the Real World—Using Beacons

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday, June 6


Mobile content has different requirements from content designed for the desktop. But mobile also offers a host of opportunities. You can interact with content by moving the device around to change views, there are sensors you can use, and you can interact with your physical location and surroundings. Using beacons is one way users can use virtual worlds to interact with the real world around them.

In this workshop, you’ll explore how beacons work, the various interactions they can offer, and what you can learn about the user from those interactions. You will work with beacons and write working JavaScript code that will demonstrate some of the possibilities that beacons can offer. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have working code and new skills that you can use in your projects.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How beacons work
  • How to create an application that interacts with beacons
  • How to use beacons to drive user activities
  • How to create a mobile application with HTML5

Novice and intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
iBeacon, RadBeacon, and Eddystone beacons; HTML5 and JavaScript, EvoThings framework and application development platform; Android and iOS; and the xAPI.

Participant technology requirements:
Laptop computer (Linux, OSX, or Windows), mobile device (Android or iOS), and text editor (Emacs, Sublime Text, Atom, TextWrangler, etc.).

Anthony Altieri

IDIoT in Chief / President

Omnes Solutions

Anthony Altieri is the IDIoT in Chief (instructional developer for the Internet of Things) and founder of Omnes Solutions, as well as an xAPI evangelist. Anthony has worked on multiple projects implementing global LMS systems. He is a maker, focusing on user analytics and bringing the virtual learning world and the real world together through the use of Bluetooth beacons and other IoT devices using xAPI. Anthony has lectured to audiences on topics ranging from the spread of HIV to network security, content development, why it’s important to learn to code, and, of course, xAPI.

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