The list of institutions and organizations turning to iBeacon for practical and educational purposes continues to balloon at a significant pace.
iBeacon, as we know, is the indoor positioning system described by Apple as a “new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters” that enables push notifications to be sent to iOS devices in close proximity.
Most recently, iBeacon is being used for the UN’s "International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action," which will happen later this week at the New York Museum in New York City. The event features an exhibit that uses iBeacon to give visitors a real-life simulation of a minefield.
The thinking behind the effort is that the realism afforded by iBeacon will raise awareness about the serious dangers still lingering around the world with regard to the presence of land mines. Visitors are asked to download an app called Sweeper, which helps them to "experience the fear of land mines as they walk through the space."
Using iBeacon, a low energy Bluetooth technology to find a phone’s location, the Sweeper app detects transmitters hidden throughout the exhibit. When a person comes too close to a transmitter, it acts as a landmine and detonates, filling the user’s headphones with a jarring, visceral explosion followed by an audio testimony of someone’s actual experience.
To check out the app for yourself (but it doesn't launch until April 3rd, the day before the NY exhibit), click here.