Sponsored by Nordic Semiconductor: Beacons and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 30 max

  • May 28, 2014 · 5:30 PM
  • Igor Institute

Apologies for this one getting pushed out so far, but I wanted to wait on the availability of some friends at Nordic Semiconductor--officially one of our new sponsors.

This is going to be fun and focused on Beacons (iBeacons) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE or Bluetooth Smart).

We will have catered food and freebies (at least a couple of Beacon kits). Also, if you ordered a t-shirt of want to buy a t-shirt, we have a fresh new order of SEAWear shirts available (limited supply at present, but I can reorder).

Like last time, we will eat, mingle, and do any raffling in the beginning, then get into demos/discussion from there.


Message from our sponsor/SEAWear member (Curt):

"I will try to have at least 2 beacon kits to give away (maybe more). I’ll order a few eval kits but they’re backordered right now (due to popularity).

Here is all the detail on the product we’ll be talking about.


As promised we’ll give a general presentation on beacons rather than do a product pitch. I’ll review the material and make sure it’s on target for the audience.

Attendees from Nordic Semiconductor will be Mark Richards – FAE and myself – Technical Sales Manager.

I’m excited too, this should be a good meeting and the info should be timely & relevant..."


Excited to see you,


PS--We also got some press in the Seattle Business Magazine

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  • Karl J Weaver 魏.

    Great presentation, those guys @ Nordic Semiconductor are real Pros, I was impressed, the power point was simple, nothing fancy, and their knowledge and how they articulated iBeacon was just fantastic.

    2 · May 28, 2014

  • Alex D.

    If you're having trouble finding us, feel free to call me [masked]

    May 28, 2014

  • Karl J Weaver 魏.

    Hello Alex,
    I am looking forward to attending this next event but I wonder why not have a joint discussion of NFC + iBeacon for applications, since both will have a role to play in not just retail stores but how about wearable tech/wireless clothing? NFC works well to bootstrap Bluetooth, which can be messy, even in the Connected Car when it needs to discover/pair device to device.
    Karl J. Weaver

    May 8, 2014

    • Karl J Weaver 魏.

      Thanks Dave & Curt, much action is in Asia and Greater China, where I spent 5 years promoting NFC-Payments-TEE security to the Handset OEMs for Gemalto. Dave to your point, I know about the 19-point plan for NFC handset adoption/usage in airports from SITA and GSMA, should have been adopted in 2013, pushed out, probably in 2014. Dave, if you leave this country, you'd recognize Europe, Asia, Canada, even Nigeria have adopted NFC for various usages, the USA for payments has been foolishly slow to adopt because of EMV migration, ISIS is afterall launched in the USA. NFC works on any Smartphone OS platform, even adopted on Blackberry OS Smartphones which also have NFC are being used for NFC payments right now in Canada, and Starbucks is using NFC for payment in 550 stores in the UK. NFC is widespread, even your Orca Card is NFC as are all Microsoft ID badges.

      May 19, 2014

    • Alex D.

      Great discussion, feel free to keep it going. This may be a good Meetup topic for the future, especially if Karl is willing to lead a demo/presentation.

      May 20, 2014

  • Luis A.

    Argh - there's already a Beacon meetup at 6:30 that same night: http://www.meetup.com/Internet-of-star/events/176533292/

    and another one the previous night: http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-iBeacon-Meetup/events/181430462/?gj=rcs.g&a=co2.g_grp&rv=rcs.g

    Any chance we can change the date to get a little breathing room?

    May 7, 2014

    • Alex D.

      Curt (our Nordic friend), is hosting the one on the previous night (since he's in town from Portland w his engineer colleague), so you're not missing anything there. We are clearly better than the one happening on the same night ;)...The beauty and challenges of choice and selection.

      3 · May 7, 2014

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