Sony’s wearables offers an array of creative possibilities, and Sony engineers Peter Bartos, Jonas Hellström and Alexander Najafi decided to take this to the next level with their drone project. Starting as a spare time project, they created an Android app that uses the SmartEyeglass prototype and SmartWatch 2 as control devices for a flying drone. Learn all about it in this tutorial.
By unlocking the boot loader of your Xperia device, it becomes possible put a custom ROM on it. Even though we don’t recommend this to standard users, as it is not needed, we know that many of you would like to get more details on how to unlock a device. To explain this further, we have now created this step-by-step tutorial video.
SmartWatch 2 is a success among app developers, with over 500 apps available on Google Play. When developing SmartWatch 2 apps developers have until now had to struggle with quite massive PDFs for the API documentation, but that’s about to change. All the documentation have now been revised based on all the requests and input we have received, and we have made the SmartWatch 2 API documentation available online as web pages at developer.sony.com.
Today we’re proud to announce the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview) in support of the light-weight SmartEyeglass transparent lens eyewear. The transparent lenses have excellent brightness, allowing information to be superimposed and clearly viewed, in the wearer’s natural field of view. With the launch of the SmartEyeglass SDK (with an emulator included), we hope to give developers an opportunity to start developing apps in the innovative field of in-view augmented reality. This sets the foundation for a varied, exciting ecosystem of experiences to support the product at launch.
Did you know that you can develop apps for many of Sony TVs and home entertainment systems, such as Blu-ray players, home theater systems and media players? Many of Sony’s latest devices come with HTML5 capable browsers, and from 2015, many TVs will support Android TV and be Google Cast-ready. At developer.sony.com, you can get an overview of all the developer opportunities available for Sony TV and home entertainment platforms.
Game developers, did you know that Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) recently released its powerful Authoring Tools Framework (ATF) for free? ATF has been used by most Sony first party game studios to make custom game developer tools for a long time, and is now available open source under an Apache version 2.0 license.
A couple of weeks back we told you about Sony’s Camera Remote API, and today we’re happy to announce that the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Lens-Style Cameras are receiving additional support for features like exposure mode, exposure compensation and ISO settings in the latest version of the Camera Remote API beta SDK. More than ten new camera settings have been added, and there’s new and updated iOS and Android sample code projects. Click Read more to get all the details about the Camera Remote API beta at Sony Developer World (external link).
This week we are proud to launch the brand new Sony Developer World web portal at http://developer.sony.com. This portal includes APIs, SDKs and links to different sectors within Sony. You’ll easily find all the Sony devices that you can develop for, and learn how to start developing for them. As this site replaces our existing Developer World, we have decided to rename this website as Developer World Mobile. Click to learn more about this change.
Going with the Xperia Z1, Sony also revealed the new Smart Imaging Stand IPT-DS10M at IFA in Berlin today. The Smart Imaging Stand pairs with your smartphone through one-touch NFC, and then launches a SmileCatcher app, which automatically follows people’s faces and takes pictures whenever someone smiles. In other words – a perfect party companion! For developers, there is a new experimental Motion API available, which will let you develop innovative new apps for the Smart Imaging Stand. Get all the details in the full post.
Last week we told you about the Open SmartWatch Project, and during the weekend Arduino and Sony arranged a workshop with the aim to come up with a proof of concept for how SmartWatch could be setup to work in an Arduino environment. The Arduino folks have since then continued to work hard, and they have now published a GitHub project that includes an alpha version of a complete tool chain, including the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment). This will allow developers to innovate with SmartWatch on top of Arduino’s toolchain. Learn more in the full post!