The iBeacon is a highly advanced piece of technology that has many useful attributes. Originally, the product was designed to help notify and draw in customers within a certain proximity to a particular stores sale, bathroom location, food court or other designated attractions. This incredibly progressive idea benefits both the customer and the retailer alike.
The iBeacon, like many other technologies out on the market, have great potential not only from a business perspective, but on a practical level as well. The visually impaired community could greatly benefit from devices with micro-locating abilities as a means of navigation in public settings. The technology does not have to change, neither does the target audiences for the engineers of these products, it is simply the expansion of one idea and applying it on a much grander scale. That is not to say that it would not benefit the manufacturers of items such as the iBeacon to be conscious about broadening their ideas of who could benefit and utilize their products.
My goal was to conduct research to discover what applications already exist and find ways to incorporate their functioning abilities with the iBeacon. Radius networks has a multitude of applications including: Beacon scavenger hunt, Locate iBeacon and much more. The end goal was to find ways use these apps along with mapping apps in order to allow the visually impaired to create the most accessible route possible in a public settings.