New Smart Extras™ announced, and a new SDK to create apps for them

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Today we’re announcing a couple of useful Smart Extras™, namely the SmartWatch and the Smart Wireless Headset pro. And for all of you developers out there, we’ve created a brand new Sony Add-on SDK, which enables you to create or adapt apps to work with these two new accessories!

SmartWatch is a micro display for Android™ smartphones, to wirelessly and discreetly access calls, messages and applications. Smart Wireless Headset pro is a Bluetooth™ stereo headset that also works as a standalone MP3 player and FM radio when apart from the phone.

Learn more about the new Smart Extras™ and the Smart Extension SDK after the jump!

SmartWatch and SmartWirelessHeadsetpro

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SmartWatch is an 8mm thin, touch screen accessory that keeps you updated, and your hands free. It features an easy-to-use, ultra-responsive 128×128 pixels, 1.3” OLED touch display with 65536 colours, defined into 9 distinct touch areas in a 3×3 matrix. SmartWatch uses Bluetooth™ to communicate with the phone, and its dust and splash proof (supporting IP54).

SmartWatch is equipped with a vibrating unit, an accelerometer and a hardware button (not configurable for external applications). It also includes widgets for SMS, e-mail, call and music handling, Facebook, Twitter, time and date and more. On Android Market™, you will be able to download more apps over time, as apps can be adapted or created to work with SmartWatch through the Smart Extension SDK. It is also possible to customise it with any 20mm wristband. It is also possible to customise it with any 20mm wristband. For more information, check out the SmartWatch white paper!

Smart Wireless Headset pro is a stereo headset that delivers premium stereo sound. You can also use it as an ultra-convenient MP3 player (it has an SD card reader and a 2GB SD card included, and it can handle SD cards up to 32GB), a portable FM radio, or a remote that displays messages, caller names, media titles and more. You can even call directly from its recent call list, and have your SMSes read through the headphones via text to speech. Smart Wireless Headset pro uses Bluetooth 3.0 to communicate with the phone, and it features a two row display. You can read more in the Smart Wireless Headset pro white paper.

Both SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro are developed to work with most Android™ phones from Sony, Sony Ericsson and other select Android™ phone manufacturers. Check out the SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro product pages on our web for more information about compatibility and accessibility.

If you’re an app developer, these two new products will let you implement a lot of different use cases where you can utilise the features of the phone without even picking it up from your bag or pocket. You can either adapt your existing app to work with these products, or you can create an optimised app specifically designed to work with any of these new Smart Extras™.

The use cases you can create are almost endless – maybe you want to create a true pedestrian GPS navigator for the SmartWatch, or a game to make your waiting at the bus stop seem a little shorter, or different skins for the clock? Or maybe you want to clip the SmartWatch or Smart Wireless Headset pro to display a message while you are wearing it on your shirt? Take a look at the Sony Add-on SDK to get started right away.

The new Sony add-on SDK does not only mean you can create new exciting use cases that might give you the extra edge on competition. It will also give you extra visibility as SmartWatch and Smart Wireless headset pro users will be able to filter out your apps on Android Market™ through Smart Connect, the successor to the LiveWare™ manager app.

All of our phones come with Smart Connect pre-installed. Smart Connect is the engine of our accessory eco-system, as it enables the smart accessories to interact with apps in the phone. Smart Connect can be installed by all phones (including other brands) running Android, which gives you as a developer a huge potential user base.

The Sony add-on SDK is an easy to use, intent based SDK, making it possible to access the display, widgets, notifications and other general controls through the following APIs:

  • Notification API: this API is typically used by simple event driven data providers such as SMS, MMS, Missed calls, Facebook, Twitter and so on.
  • Control API: this is the most advanced API, giving you full control of the accessory screen.
  • Widget API: this is an API enabling you to display a widget on the accessory.
  • Sensor API: this API makes the sensor data of the accessory (e.g. vibrator and accelerometer data) available to the Extensions application.

The SDK comes with code examples, an emulator, white papers and full documentation (including javadocs). Download the Sony add-on SDK to get started today!

So what do you think? What kind of apps and usecases would you like to see for these two products? Feel free to drop a comment below.

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