Google has this week announced that it plans to release its own beacons, which are small locators that can be placed anywhere and connect to devices using Bluetooth Low Energy.
Called Eddystone, Google hopes the beacons will be widely deployed and used across all platforms in order to help users with pretty much anything.
For example it could help you find your set in a large stadium, display information about a piece of art you are facing at a museum or provide other location information, Google also plans to integrate Eddystone with Google Now.
“A beacon is meant to be discoverable by any nearby Bluetooth Smart device, via its identifier which is a public signal,” Google explained. “At the same time, privacy and security are really important, so we built in a feature called Ephemeral Identifiers (EIDs) which change frequently, and allow only authorized clients to decode them. EIDs will enable you to securely do things like find your luggage once you get off the plane or find your lost keys.”
“Google Maps launched beacon-based transit notifications in Portland earlier this year, to help people get faster access to real-time transit schedules for specific stations,” the company said. “And soon, Google Now will also be able to use this contextual information to help prioritize the most relevant cards, like showing you menu items when you’re inside a restaurant.”
Google has already launched tools for developers to use the new software, and six companies are already building Eddystone beacons, you can find out more information at the source link below.