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  • Developer Claims Apple's iBeacon Technology Could be Apple's Secret Gaming Weapon


    Apple’s iBeacons seem to have a lot of potential for inclusion in location-based games according to The Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia. Currently, iOS game developers who want to incorporate location into gameplay are limited to determining location via Apple’s internal GPS system, which isn’t designed to deliver precise information, especially indoors. The company’s iBeacons on the other hand are physical Bluetooth low-energy transmitters that are able to provide micro-location information to nearby apps, with an accuracy range of a few feet. For this reason, iBeacons could be incorporated into a whole new category of games that offer multiplayer interactions and other features at specific real-world locations.

    The Tap Lab for example, is behind a location-based game called Tiny Tycoons. The concept of the game is to travel around the world and claim real-world locations, similar to a cross between a city building game and Foursquare. The description for the game mentions the following:

    Rule the REAL WORLD! Tiny Tycoons is the first location-based tycoon game on the App Store. Build your fortune, travel the globe and claim your favorite real-world places before someone else does!

    RISE TO THE TOP: In Tiny Tycoons, you can be a Celebrity Chef at a 5-Star Restaurant, the Lead Barista at your favorite Café, or a Millionaire CEO with offices around the world. The choice is up to you!
    The company seems to be testing an internal version of Tiny Tycoons that takes advantage of Apple’s iBeacons which are used within the game to alert people when they enter a building “owned” by another player. A demo of the game utilizing iBeacon technology can be seen below:



    For those of you who didn’t’ know, Bluetooth LE, which is what iBeacon is based on, is also a promising technology for upcoming games. For example, Pkpkt, a game released in mid-December, utilizes Bluetooth LE to let users steal virtual currency from one another in real life, in a futuristic game of tag. Knock, an app released in November, also uses Bluetooth LE in a unique way, allowing the iPhone to unlock a Mac. While iBeacon technology is promising for location-based gaming, Bluetooth LE itself could result in a whole new crop of interactive, multiplayer games and apps.

    With Apple’s iBeacon technology picking up steam in many other aspects, such as in department stores, grocery stores and even in places like MLB stadiums, it seems to be gaining some traction. We’ll have to wait and see how much it grows and what other creative ways company’s use its technology in.

    Source: Recode via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Developer Claims Apple's iBeacon Technology Could be Apple's Secret Gaming Weapon started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      NSA to Apple- 👍
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Yeah, another way for BigBrother to know where you are and what you are doing. BlueTooth OFF.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Yeah, another way for BigBrother to know where you are and what you are doing. BlueTooth OFF.
      You think turning your bluetooth off is going to stop big brother? Lol