My Personal Beacon

Late last week I added an Eddystone beacon to the Reinventorium; today I added a beacon to myself.

So when I open the PhysicalWebScan app on my Mac, this is what I see:

Screen show of a beacon scan in my office.

The personal beacon runs on my phone, powered by the free Beacon Toy app for Android. Beacons can only hold a limited number of characters for an URL, so I created a Drupal redirect, https://ruk.ca/pr, that leads to my About Peter Rukavina page, and I set the redirect as the beacon URL. The result looks like this:

Screen shot of Beacon Toy app running on my phone.

This means that should we be in proximity of each other, and you’ve got some sort of Physical Web scanning device in your pocket, you should be alerted that I’m nearby.