Beacons for Personal Use

The use of iBeacon and Eddystone beacons for personal use doesn’t get much press because there’s no money in it. The beacon-related PR mainly comes out companies creating retail solutions that are seen, rightly or wrongly, as the area with most value.

An update today to the AutomateIt Android app allows triggering via the presence Bluetooth beacons. This means you can now arrange to do things such as show a notification, play a sound, set sound to silent/vibrate/normal, enable/disable WiFi, start an app, activate/deactivate airplane mode, set screen brightness, dial a number, send an sms, do text to speech, change wallpaper or even turn off Bluetooth in response to coming across a beacon.