Crafting and Launching Successful Beacon Apps

We were early to hop on the “beacon train” in 2013, and after a few years, we still believe there’s a bright future for proximity based user experiences. During that time, we’ve been lucky enough to work on 10 smartphone applications that use beacons and bluetooth low energy. Over the course of these projects, we’ve learned powerful lessons about what separates successful and unsuccessful beacon apps. The goal of this article is to share the patterns, concepts, and best practices our… Read more »


How To Hire An App Developer

Finding an independent app developer or app development company can be tough, especially if you’ve never done it before. Worst of all, picking the wrong team can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. In this post, we’ve set out to make the app developer selection process easy. We boiled down the process into 6 steps that, if followed, will ensure you find the right partner. During this post, we won’t be talking about bringing in app developers… Read more »


iBeacons for Education

Today we’re proud to announce an app we’ve built called EduBeacons. It allows Years 5 and 6 age students to view lesson plans from their iPads when in proximity to an iBeacon. We built EduBeacons in partnership with our new friend, Paul Hamilton of appsbypaulhamilton.com and Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Queensland, Australia. Paul is an author, speaker, Apple Distinguished Educator, and overall education technology pioneer.

EduBeacons in the classroom! Photo Credit, Paul Hamilton

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Let’s Break Down Facebook Paper’s UI/UX

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook released a new app called Paper on February 3rd, 2014. Once we got our hands on the app, (get it here), we instantly noticed a minimalist design, awesome animations, and an emphasis on gestures. As mobile designers and developers, it’s so much fun to see Facebook really push the limits of what a native app can do. Let’s check out some of our favorite animations and gestures:

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Real-world iBeacon Applications

iBeacons are small, cost-effective Bluetooth devices that talk with smartphones and can absolutely change the way you do business. For your business to take advantage of this amazing new technology, you need a mobile app developer to build you a smartphone application, or alter your existing mobile application to talk with iBeacons. Our focus at Vektor Digital is to build custom iBeacon mobile applications that let companies convert customers and streamline business.

How iBeacons work

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Our Favorite iOS Resources

Before co-founding Vektor Digital in late 2012, Kurt (the other co-founder of Vektor Digital) and I spent over a year diving into the world of iOS. We got into iPhone apps in 2011 with minimal programming background. But with a vast universe of iOS resources (books and websites) dedicated to helping us learn iOS development we didn’t need to already be expert programmers.  We just needed to be willing to learn. In fact, for us… Read more »