@Gizmo, I have also used the iBeacon for one of my project, I used the distance calculation method described here. I This calculation is used for below project. I am not sure about the Photon Access Point but if we get the RSSI then above calculation can be used to get approximate distance.
I recently checked with our engineers and the API for interacting with the photon in AP Mode is still “taking shape” so the answer is no, not yet. Check back in a few weeks? Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
Thanks for checking.
Are they taking requests on features?
If so I would love to see if they can add the ability to detect proximity.
e.g. the Spark Photon to be able to detect a certain smart phone is close, medium or far.
I assume this could be done by the Spark if it can monitor the signal strength of a device identified by a certain MAC ID.
Krvarma has outlined how this can be done with RF signal strenghts, but you need to have a baseline level.
So as part of the setup for this the Spark would need to register the MAC ID of the smart phone when the smart phone has its wifi on and is right next to it. The Spark would need to remember the signal strength of the MAC ID when close as this is used in the calculation to monitor how far away it is.
I would really LOVE to see this feature as that would mean I no longer need to use bluetooth to do this for some future home projects I have lined up. I would rather use something that has all the goodies of Spark which means I can also do more
Of course this also mean I will be buying A LOT more Sparks