Meet Erik Castricum – hero open source developer for July–August

Every two months we acknowledge the person who has submitted the most accepted commits to our AOSP for Xperia devices, as our hero open source developer. Today, we are happy to announce that Dutch developer Erik Castricum has been selected as Sony Mobile’s hero open source developer for the period July–August. Read on about Erik, our open source projects, and how you can become the next hero open source developer.

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Meet Erik Castricum – hero open source developer for July–August

SmartEyeglass used to enhance opera experiences with immersive Opera Touch SL service

The Opera Company of San Sebastian, Opus Lirica, has just announced it is first in line to use SmartEyeglass technology with Opera Touch SL to create a more immersive opera experience for its audiences. The service connects SmartEyeglass to a server to create a new cultural space where the Opera Touch system can provide subtitles, translations, artist info, current action, and even live scoring, to SmartEyeglass for an enhanced opera experience within your line of sight.

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SmartEyeglass used to enhance opera experiences with immersive Opera Touch SL service

Use SmartBand 2 sensor data for innovative Android and iOS applications

As an app developer, you can retrieve sensor data from SmartBand 2 using standard sets of APIs for Android and iOS platforms. Depending on the platform you are developing for, you can use Sony’s Lifelog API, Google Fit APIs or Apple’s HealthKit. You can then analyse and process the sensor data to provide useful insights and visualizations that can help your users live a healthier lifestyle.

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Use SmartBand 2 sensor data for innovative Android and iOS applications

VerbaVoice uses SmartEyeglass to create a live communication service

Sony and VerbaVoice are collaborating on a project to provide live audio transcriptions and translations on SmartEyeglass. VerbaVoice, a company providing accessibility services through technology, have created an app, LiveCap, which converts speech into text and, also, provides language translations. These captions are superimposed on the SmartEyeglass. If you wear the SmartEyeglass at a speaker event, you could receive the speech as text on your SmartEyeglass, or even translated into a language you can understand.

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VerbaVoice uses SmartEyeglass to create a live communication service

SmartEyeglass as heads-up display for an AR experience with Parrot drones

Drone Control, the new drone controlling app from Sony, was released as open source today for Xperia™ devices and SmartEyeglass. The app works with Parrot drones to get real time flight data and battery life info, for example, superimposed on SmartEyeglass for an augmented reality (AR) experience.

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SmartEyeglass as heads-up display for an AR experience with Parrot drones

Introducing SmartBand 2, with heart rate monitor, colour LEDs and Android/iOS support

Today, we’re introducing the next generation SmartBand 2, which features an advanced heart rate sensor, and provides notifications through vibration and color LEDs. SmartBand 2 is compatible with any device running Android 4.4 (KitKat) onwards and iOS 8.2. Get the full specs for SmartBand 2 after the jump.

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Introducing SmartBand 2, with heart rate monitor, colour LEDs and Android/iOS support

First 64-bit Xperia devices added to Sony’s Open Device project

Today the flagship devices Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, and Xperia Z4 Tablet WiFi have been added to our Open Device project. With this addition, it is now possible for developers to build AOSP versions for the first Xperia devices based on the 64-bit Qualcomm© Snapdragon 810 processor.

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First 64-bit Xperia devices added to Sony’s Open Device project

App developers can now explore Lifelog user predictability with Data Science and Machine Learning

Could you benefit from knowing your Lifelog users favourite locations and predicting their movement between those locations? In this post, Sony’s Master Engineer, Håkan Jonsson, explains how to apply machine learning to location data retrieved from the Sony Lifelog API. Find out about machine learning, clustering, how to access Sony’s Lifelog API and check out Håkan’s own notebook.

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App developers can now explore Lifelog user predictability with Data Science and Machine Learning

Humberto Borba selected as hero open source developer for May-June 2015

Developer World team has selected the next hero open source developer who has made the most accepted commits to our projects on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. During the months of May and June, Brazilian developer Humberto Borba contributed the most to our projects. Read on for more details about Humberto, and learn how you could become the next hero open source developer.

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Humberto Borba selected as hero open source developer for May-June 2015
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