These beacon-enabling Estimote stickers work similarly to wearable technology without actually being attached to humans. The small adhesive beacons connect everyday items to smartphones. While beacon technology is already revolutionizing retail and the way people get around crowded places like airports, this micro application is a huge step forward for the internet of things.
The Estimote stickers, although their small size may be deceiving, all contain an accelerator and temperature sensor in addition to Bluetooth technology and a processor. The sensors have a clear commercial use, from payment options to special offer notifications, but they can also be used as simple tracking devices for consumer use. The 'nearable' beacons can be used to identify lost items, for example, or sense the presence of family members not unlike wearable trackers.