The US Health Department is using iBeacons to make its employees walk more

Last year Apple introduced iBeacons, low-energy Bluetooth transmitters that wirelessly send alerts to your iPhone based on your proximity, touting them as a way for retailers to reach shoppers more directly with discounts and deals. As it turns out, they may be good for other things too, like helping you stay more physically fit. The US Department of Health and Human Services has installed several iBeacons and other wireless transmitters throughout its headquarters building in Washington, D.C. that send employees alerts encouraging them to “take the long way back to their desks,” and hydrate more, as Bloomberg reports.

The executive in charge of the project calls them “an angel on your shoulder helping you make the right choices.”…

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