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Definition: Nearable


A small Bluetooth device from Estimote, Inc. that transmits information to computers and smartphones. Nearables are a proximity beacon designed for security, tracking and marketing purposes. Introduced in 2014, a Nearable software development kit (SDK) is available for creating apps. See proximity beacon, Internet of Things and smart object.




Pick It Up and Get Info
Estimote introduced stickers with built-in accelerometers for retail merchandise. When someone picks up an item with the sticker attached, it triggers a computer to display specific product information on the wall monitor nearby. (Image courtesy of Estimote, Inc., www.estimote.com)