Over on Mobile Tuts+, there is a new tutorial posted to get you acclimated with using iBeacons, a new service that’s part of iOS7. iBeacon utilizes Bluetooth to operate and allows you distance profiles to track movement and range.
The tutorial is very basic, and implements a “Hot and Cold” type game where you can set iBeacons and have users home in on them once they receive the information on their own devices. This could be very useful for scavenger hunt or hide-and-seek type of games and have a sense of augmented reality to them as well. Google recently delved into this category of gaming with Ingress, which for now is an Android exclusive game.
While there’s no real GUI to develop with the Mobile Tuts+ example, colors are used as indicators and it wouldn’t be hard to design your own interface using the basic framework presented by the website. It’s great to see gaming becoming much more easier within the iOS7 SDK, which will further offload the legwork that has been required for quite some time now.