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Bluetooth Router for Mobile App Idea

Good Afternoon,

Im looking for a solution for an idea I have for an app and was wondering if anyone could assist from a technical perspective.

Basically im in the very early stages of developing a app which is for drinks and food discount codes for bars/restaurants. What im looking for is some form of router whereby the user of the app walks into the venue and connects to router (Bluetooth for example) then opens app and there is a unique code generated for the particular bar and time. The code would then appear on the app and could be used for the discount.

I was thinking about a simple WiFi router but then you would have to save each WiFi password on your phone and would undoubtedly be complicated.

I've seen some Bluetooth routers but im unsure how this would work.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

James

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Let's set aside the tech for a while.

Did you try to sell your idea to others?

This sounds like what I can get on Groupon but more complicated.

Remember this is not about you and the discounts. This is your client (the venue) and them seeing more traffic and sales. That's done before the customers hit the door.

You want to look again at Groupon and Yelp.

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The reason for the post is about the tech not the idea.....

R. Proffitt,

Thanks for your reply,

It is similar to Groupon your correct, but has many different features which I don't at this point really need to go into it was just to give you an overview about what the app does.

Im based in the UAE, the value for money drinks culture here is taking off and there are several similar ideas on the market already but as mentioned I have a few USPs to make my app stand out.

I think the icing on the cake would be to have a seamless transaction of handing over the coupon code without having to hand your phone over the bar or try and hear what the code is in a busy environment. Also with the code triggering on the app automatically when you enter the vicinity and to prompt you when you leave to give valuable feedback for the venue which from my recollection you cant with Groupon.

So I was wondering if anyone had any insight into what technology was available to assist in the solution to this. Its not imperative to the app but it would add a certain unique operation which could set it out from the rest.

Thanks again

James

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I didn't share this.

I'm an author of apps that use bluetooth. What you need to do is to get estimates to see how much this app will cost.

Most folk with an idea like this burn or flame out over the cost to implement so I thought I'd talk about the other aspects of the idea.

Good luck, yes it could happen but I know the hurdles. You need a few app programmers and time to pull it off.

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Why on this site do you have put a message title every post?

Thanks,

I think I have found a different solution to get the requirements I would like, the app developer im dealing with has suggested using the Location services on the smart phone to check in and check out as a trigger. This think is much better solution.

Anyway good luck and thanks for your input.

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Much better angle of attack.

The Bluetooth approach is IMHO just a pain in the long run. About half the smart phone users I know have Bluetooth switched off so there's that.

Location services are toggled in your app so that's a good way to go.

Mix in a web service for the app to pick up the deal of the day or hour and you're good.

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