Bobby Bits was submitted the to the App Store. From conception to submission, the app took about 13 hours of development spread across 5 days. It’s a really simple app along the lines of Flappy Bird. It’s going to be FREE with iAds support and also has GameCenter. Also implemented AirDrop for Twitter and Facebook sharing. In theory though, GameCenter can provide sharing for you and you don’t really need to do Airdrop.
I’m kind of proud of this one as I really needed a break from working on the other game. Once the app is out, I’ll do some small promotion and then go back to the other game. Woohoo!
With the release of IOS 7, iBeacons have become a buzzword.
Ever hear of Geocaching? Well, my next app will be similar. It’s Geocaching with iPhones and iBeacons. The idea is to hide these iBeacons somewhere within 100 meters of your phone and then you use the iPhone to echo-locate the beacon.
iBeacons are low-powered bluetooth devices that broadcasts a small amount of data. The iBeacon broadcasts are usually limited to beacon data stating that “I’m here and I’m broadcasting a signal”, the temperature data, or the fact that someone is moving the iBeacon(most comes with an accelerometer). Your iBeacon client can usually only receive the data and then perform whatever function you like. The iBeacons do not receive data, it just transmits.
How are they different from regular Bluetooth? iBeacons can only transmit tiny amounts of data. You can’t stream music or game data from the iBeacon. iBeacons are also a transmit-only device. It doesn’t receive data. iBeacons do not require pairing like regular Bluetooth. That means your device can connect to the iBeacons immediately without any intervention from you. Bluetooth devices usually require a handshake mechanism. iBeacons are also low-powered so a single iBeacon can last about 2 years while it is fully transmitting. Bluetooth devices that are constantly transmitting will only last you about 8 hours to a day.
Where am I going with this? Well, iBeacons, in my opinion, are the next big thing. Most developers are focusing on the retail aspect of this device. I’m not interested in that unless some corporation decides to hire me and pay me insane amounts of money to do that. I’m just focusing on gaming with these iBeacons.
For one of my next projects, I’m building a “Marco Polo”-type application similar to Geocaching. We’ll see where it goes. I’m mainly interested in playing this with my daughter. Hide an iBeacon in a park and have her find it using the app I’m writing.
Btw, you don’t need to buy an iBeacon. Your phone can become an iBeacon if you program it to be one.