IP Telephone With Eddystone Beacon

Today, we came across the first IP telephone, by Unify, with in-built Eddystone:


You might wonder why you might want to transmit a URL or Eddystone id from a telephone. Maybe it could point to instructions how to use the phone or more details on the person who sits at that desk. However, you probably need to think wider and imagine it as a beacon that could be providing information about anything in the surrounding area – think indoor maps, indoor navigation or how to find the nearest ‘whatever’. For example, if the telephone belongs a restaurant it could be sending out the URL of a menu or a site with self-service ordering. In some ways it’s similar to the Cisco Meraki WiFi access point in that installing something ubiquitous like a phone or WiFi access point provides the opportunity to also easily create a beacon network.

We expect to see beacons being embedded in a larger range of electronic devices.

AKMW-iB004N AA in Stock

We have started selling the twin AA battery AKMW-iB004N AA. It works the same way as other AnkhMaway beacons in that to configure it you tap it onto a table or something hard to make it ‘ring’.


It’s also worth mentioning that this and all AnkhMaway beacons come with Panasonic rather than cheaper Chinese brand batteries.

Jnhuamao HM-10 in Stock

We have a few Jnhuamao HM-10 come into stock. The HM-10 is a bare board beacon that you can configure via UART. You can either embed it in your electronic project or set it up via the desktop using a USB to TTL RS232 serial adapter. Once set up, it behaves just like an iBeacon.


We went to great lengths to source a genuine HM-10 as there are many fakes around that aren’t fully functional. There will be more coming into stock towards the end of the week and we will continue to stock if popular.

Which Beacons Support iBeacon and Eddystone Simultaneously?

There have been a number of enquiries asking which beacons support iBeacon and Eddystone simultaneously. We have added a new ‘simultaneous’ category on the store.

Note that, in actual fact, no beacon can send iBeacon and Eddystone simultaneously and instead the advertising data is sent in two channels one very shortly, milliseconds, after the other.

Eddystone is becoming more popular and companies are starting to use Eddystone-URL to lead users to download apps that, in turn, use the iBeacon protocol.

Enabling Physical Web in Chrome 49 Release

We were all waiting for Android Chrome 49 to go from beta to release so more people would gain access to the Physical Web. Well, it’s happened and it appears the new feature didn’t make the release! If you go to Chrome settings there’s no Physical Web setting like there was in the beta version.

Asking some Googlers, I found that you can enable it by going to chrome://flags in the browser. Search for ‘Enable the Physical Web’ and enable it:


The browser will restart and you will now also have a Physical Web entry in Chrome settings.

While it works, it won’t help take up that it’s so hidden.

Latest: From Scott Jenson, Google Project Lead for the Physical Web, the Chrome team is just being careful. It’ll roll out to 100% of users in 2 weeks. This mirrors what they did in Beta.