We are big fans of Estimote and all of their beacon products. We’ve been able to integrate their technology with ease into several projects. They give our apps the ability find your location in the physical world and trigger events within your mobile application. Powerful. And we’ve only scratched the surface for how future implementations will be done.
There is one big problem with the Estimote beacons. Once the battery of your beacon dies, you have to perform surgery on the silicone covering to change it. And with beacons costing $99 for three of them, you don’t want to throw them away. So, we’ve come up with a solution.
We’ve created a simple model that you can print out on a 3D printer that can safely house your Estimate beacon. The directions and the models can be found on Thingiverse. The main container and lid can print out on a normal setting in about 50 minutes. Remix and enjoy.
Now that we have easy access to the Estimate beacon and can change the batteries without trouble, we’ve been able to up the Advertising Interval to make our apps even more responsive.
Estimote Light Show
One additional advantage to being able to see and manipulate the Estimote in the raw is that we added an LED. We have been building blinky bots (http://www.makershed.com/products/blinkybug-kit) with LEDs and watch batteries for years with our kids. By just sliding an LED in-between the top and bottom of the Estimate battery, you can see how amazing it looks below. We haven’t done extensive testing with this setup, but for temporary beacon engagements (a live event or popup store) this looks pretty awesome.
We printed the Estimate case with translucent filament, added Command wall velco, and put a simple LED within the closed case. Enjoy.