I’ve been using Ibeacons at my house for several months, and have just recently started testing the oby version. All iOS devices.
As I’ve mentioned in other topics on this form, we found two out of three of us had no battery life issues on our phones when using iBeacons, even with ranging, but one of us did. No idea why.
What we ended up doing was reversing the set up so that the tablet that we use as the home automation controller in the house, which is always plugged in and always in the same place, became the receiving station for the iBeacons. Then we gave an iBeacon to each person. So it’s the iBeacon that comes and goes. Just like the smartthings presence fob. This solved the battery issue. It also gave us some options we didn’t previously have, like being able to essentially “turn off” beacon detection for one person.
This is becoming a more popular set up as beacons become more widely deployed for presence detection. Radius, the company that oby already mentioned, just last month released their new iBeacon “Dot” which is battery powered and desiged to be a wearable. You can get either a wristband or a keychain for it. They cost only $14 for just the dot, or $29 for the dot with wristband. And it has a turn off button. They’ve used it at some big conventions with good results. It’s actually one of the things I’m looking at right now. I’m just not crazy about the battery life.
On the other hand, we’ve been really happy with the quality of the estimote battery-operated Ibeacons, and they have a longer battery life. But they cost twice as much as the Dot and you have to buy them in a pack of three. I have one on my wheelchair, and my housemate has one in his backpack, and we’ve been very happy with them. We also have one of the Geohopper plug-ins, which is OK but we’ve preferred the battery operated ones because of the more flexible placement.
I’m looking forward to doing more testing with the Oby app once it has the ability to use the Beacon IDs we already have set up.