Today I have on my workbench a Smart beacon development kit from Kontakt.io. Before it goes into its permanent position let’s take a deeper look into this.
The beacons I will show you today are the cheapest and simplest of the Kontakt.io product range: they also manufacture tough beacons, beacon gateways, as well as a fantastic beacon the size of a regular access card (with built-in RFiD and NFC tag).
So, here’s what came into my mailbox:
Inside the box we find three beacons (that’s the minimum order that can be placed on kontakt.io), and one very important leaflet containing your order ID. That order ID is needed later when you will set up the kontakt.io account and add your beacons to the account so you can manage them.
The beacons are white, with the kontakt.io logo on them. A personalized logo can be printed for orders bigger than 100 beacons, and for orders of over 200 beacons, you can have the case in your favorite color.
I also found the beacons to be very easy to dismantle, and the case can be spray-painted with ease. An affordable solution when you need only a few beacons but you want to make them as unobtrusive as possible.
The beacon board comes out easily, revealing the nRF51822 SoC, built around a 32-bit ARM® Cortex™ M0 CPU with 256kB/128kB flash + 32kB/16kB RAM for improved application performance. The battery is a CR2477, with a life of up to 4 years (depending on how often you broadcast, and on the transmitting power level).