Is iBeacon living up to it’s full potential?
iBeacon is considered “the indoor GPS”. It is an indoor positioning system that allows you to connect to it with your Apple of android device and then use it as an extremely accurate and precise GPS. iBeacon has the potential to unlock doors upon approach, notify you if your bike or car is no longer in the garage, give you tours of museums, locate restrooms or buildings, and notify you of your surrent location in relation to your final destination. iBeacon has most commonly been used to provide shoppers with coupons, deals, and shopping suggestions based on the popular consumer preference, but is iBeacon progressing in the most beneficial direction, which is to help the disabled?
iBeacon and non-retail settings
iBeacon has been used a location tool in parking garages to help people find their cars, the exit, and the entrances to buildings. If someone who is in a wheelchair can’t remember what floor they parked on, the specific location of their car, or their hearing aids, it may be very hard for them to navigate around in order to find it. That is where iBeacon comes in. Its ability to pinpoint specifically, down to inches, a range of things all the way from a car down to a tiny hearing aid, is revolutionary. iBeacon has the potential to help the visualy impaired locate certain buildings and even elevators or restrooms in the buildings. With the accuracy that iBeacon is capeable of, it could drastically change the lives of those who are visually impaired. Unfortunately, the main use right now for the iBeacon is simply to benefit consumers at retail stores. Although iBeacon’s obvious perks are things like cars and buildings, the most amazing capability is the ability to locate things such as hearing aids. Those are things that are often misplaced, and if an individual is visually impaired, they would be difficult to locate.
iBeacon in the retail setting
In the retail setting, those who are visually impaired could be easily guided to specific locations for specific product. There is also the potential for iBeacon to link with motorized wheelchair ramps that lower when you approach them and arms on shelves that can lower product down to those who are disabled. iBeacon can also direct users to where a product is located. This would come in handy when in a lage warehouse like Costco to assist people with disabilities who have a difficult time maneuvering from place to place.