Found this chip at a table at Coupa Cafe

Found this chip at a table at Coupa Cafe, home of an endless number of new technologies. This is an iBeacon that allows you to order from your table. It makes ordering super easy! Except the network access at Coupa is pretty poor. Once you take that into account, all you have to do is connect to the cafe’s wifi, search the App Store for an app called Downtown, download the app, make an account, sign into the account, allow the app to access your location, turn on Bluetooth, and then finally get to a screen that allows you to order. Next, you’ll key in your table number (displayed on the side of the cube) and place your order. You have to input some form of payment, which may involve keying some numbers into the app incorrectly.
I can imagine sitting down and ordering this way on a second visit to the Cafe, but the first time is a little annoying. If it’s busy, though, it sure beats standing in line!
The tech uses Estimote beacons: small wireless sensors that you can attach to any location or object. They broadcast tiny radio signals which your smartphone can receive and interpret, unlocking micro-location and contextual awareness. The Estimote has a Nordic Semiconductor chip nRF51822, a powerful, highly flexible multi-protocol SoC ideally suited for Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth low energy). This chip was built Nov 26, 2015. Okay, I went a little overboard looking everything up.

Meanwhile, Japanese restaurants just have iPads at every table. No big deal to order from them, and no big deal to download an app to your phone. I have a bet with a friend to see how long it will take before this particular tech gets acquired. Tech that makes it into Coupa cafe usually has a pretty good track record.
#ibeacons #bluetooth #restaurant #tech #chip #startup #hardware #location

MapCamp Portland Hackathon! 6pm Friday, Jan 10, 2014 through 6:30pm Sun, Jan 12, 2013 at ISITE Design

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WhereCamp PDX 2013

What is MapCamp?

Announcing MapCamp! A 2-day hackathon event for mapping enthusiasts in Portland, Oregon. Whether you love data visualization, working on mobile apps or with GIS, all are welcome! New to maps? Come see presentations from people doing amazing things with maps here in Portland!


MapCamp will bring a two-day hackathon and pre-party networking event to ISITE Design that rewards teams and individuals that make the best use of Portland city data. We’ll be providing food, drink, entertainment and some other surprises.

Have a dataset, tool or app to demo? Let us know and we’ll include you in Saturday morning’s lightning talk lineup!

We’ll have a panel of local judges to present to at the end, and some fun prizes.


Friday, Jan 10, 2014: 6-9PM:

  • Happy hour, planning and team storming.
  • Pitches and post-its (30 sec – 1 min per person)
  • Drinks and snacks

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014: 9am-10pm

  • 9-11AM developer tool presos, 7m each
  • Terraformer – @jsievert
  • Geotrigger SDKs (formerly Geoloqi) – Amber Case
  • Esri Geocoding service
  • Globesherpa presentation
  • Car2go data and data visualization – Aaron Parecki
  • Leaflet & Esri Leaflet
  • You! Contact Amber Case if you’d like to present!

11Am hacking starts

  • Noon-1:30Pm Catered Lunch
  • 6-9Pm Dinner on your own
  • 10Pm End day one

Sunday, Jan 12, 2014: 10am-6:30pm

  • 10Am catered brunch
  • 4Pm Presos, 2m each, beer & snacks
  • 5:30-6 Judging and prizes!
  • 6:30 End of MapCamp!

MapCamp Hackathon 2014!

ISITE Design, Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM (PDT), Portland, OR

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WhereCamp Portland: September 27-29, 2013!

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WhereCamp PDX 2013

WhereCampPDX 2013 is coming soon! Join us September 27–29 at the Metro Regional Center and other Portland locations.

What is WhereCamp?

WhereCamp PDX 2013 is a free, volunteer-created unconference for anyone interested in geography and technology. Our next event will be happening September 27–29, 2013. You can find more details about this year’s conference on the specifics page. WhereCamps connect geo-enthusiasts, developers, social place hackers, artists, activists, grad students, geographers, earth scientists and anybody else who wants to “know their place”. Popular topics include social cartography, software and hardware, context awareness, mobile development, humanitarian mapping efforts, food webs and local food transparency, transit, psychogeography, geo games, paper maps, and place hacking.

WhereCamp is an unconference, which means it has little to no pre-selected content. Instead, the content is provided by the participants once they arrive. Everyone gathers in the morning to propose sessions and schedule them in blocks throughout the day. Sessions take many forms, from prepared talks to open discussions to running around outside with balloons. We value open participation, providing access to new voices, and lowering barriers to participation. The result is a fun event is driven by the interests and talents of the participants!

Opening Party!

WhereCamp Portland opening party is on Friday, Sept 27 2013 from 6–9pm at Temboo / NXT Studios,123 NW 2nd Ave!
Come join us!


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