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Beacon State of Mind: Transportation

If we’ve learned anything from Governor Christie’s Bridgegate, it’s that nothing gets people fired up quite like traffic and parking. Although it’s a little late to help the embattled denizens of Fort Lee, beacons could levy numerable improvements for New York’s city drivers. Beacon’s micro-location capabilities could help steer drivers back to their cars in parking lots and garages (a competency for which Apple recently filed a patent), as well as facilitate payments for parking and gas. Many cities in the U.S. and abroad have had success with wide-scale deployment of parking sensors, and NYC has also experimented with small pilot studies in Lower Manhattan and in Brooklyn. Beacons could provide a more cost-effective alternative to embedded sensors, and provide the City the economic and operational efficiencies of smart parking meters and responsive pricing. Beacons also have utility for drivers on the go. A City-wide beacon infrastructure could provide an effective platform to…

Beacons: The New Black?

Last night, the fifth annual Fashion 2.0 Awards honored the fashion industry’s tech-in-fashion trailblazers. British ecommerce powerhouse ASOS took home the Top Innovator and Best Facebook awards. Nike’s Fuel Band was awarded Best Wearable Tech, and New York startup Warby Parker took home the coveted Visionary Award. (Click here for the evening’s full list of the winners). With the spring shows officially a wrap, we’ve comprised our own list of tech-related brand and marketing innovations from the runways. There were Fendi drones in Milan, Moschino let viewers live-shop their show, our R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator deskmates RingBlingz made their first public appearance, and Karl Lagerfeld gave his blessing to good old fashioned brick and mortar grocery shopping. While the use of beacons at the spring shows would have been the ultimate fashion statement, we’re highlighting the technology’s applications and advantages now — with hope they’ll make their Fashion Week debut this fall. Drones: Deliveries are so last season Per a…