iBeacon in Accessibility, iBeacon Technology

IBeacon accessibility and barriers

The iBeacon was introduced in mid 2013 and by December Apple activated iBeacons in 254 retail stores across the US, 20 ibeacons per store. With this rapid and fast changing new technology limited access will not take long to be broken down. Apples iBeacons have naturally some competitors. Qualcomm introduced their Gimbal proximity beacons in 2013 also. These are at a lower cost and come in indoor and outdoor models. Possible 250 million ibeacons in use in by the year 2014 this is a lot considering they just released them one year prior. There is said to be an estimated 170-190 million iOS devices are currently capable of being iBeacons
could swell to 250 million

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The Qualcomm Gimbal is a lower cost beacon to Apple’s iBeacon. With the lower cost beacons they are more accessible to every body. The Gimbal beacons are available in two models indoor and outdoor. The indoor beacons cost about $5 USD and the outdoor(weatherproof) beacons cost about $10 USD. This is a dramatic decrease in comparison to other beacons. The Gimbal is comparable with the iOS software, and let retailers develop their own iOS apps. The users do not need to worry about the company or provider that is giving the support they will work universally.