By Scott Newman
This week, we released a new application called Leash for iOS to help track your stuff through the power of Bluetooth Proximity.
This app will help you configure your RadBeacon Dot quickly and allow you to range its distance. You can give your beacon a name (such as “My Keys”) and optionally ask for notifications when you go in and out of range of your beacon.
Leash has been an internal project for some time - many of us here use Dots (beacons) to track our items. We saw that others might want to do the same, so we polished up the interface and made it available for free. All you need to use the app is a RadBeacon Dot. You might also want the keychain fob accessory to attach the Dot to your keys, purse, or pet’s collar.
Attach a Dot to your pet's collar and be notified when they leave your area
Put a Dot on your keyring so you can see how far away your keys are when looking for them
Stick a Dot in your purse and get notified if you walk away from it
For the Technically Curious
Under the hood, Leash uses our RadBeacon technology to locate and configure a Dot beacon via Core Bluetooth. We assign a personalized UUID and random major/minor numbers to the beacon so you don’t have to worry about what values to use. If you enable background notifications, we monitor the beacon’s region and trigger
UILocalNotifications for enter and exit region events.
We do not use your GPS location, nor do we collect any analytics from the app.
Currently, you must use Radus Networks RadBeacon Dots with Leash. In the future, we may support other beacons and beacon advertisements.
We’d love to know how you are using the application or how you think it could be even better. Please let us know!