A7S and RX100 III and new API features for many cameras in the next update of the Camera Remote API beta

With a coming update of the Camera Remote API beta, many of the currently supported camera models will get support for a wider set of API features. This includes the ability to control functions such as shutter speed, white balance and ISO settings. The newly announced A7S interchangeable lens digital camera and RX100 III digital still camera will also be added with about the same number of API features. Click read more to learn about this coming update at Sony Developer World (external link).

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A7S and RX100 III and new API features for many cameras in the next update of the Camera Remote API beta

Sony introduces MESH – a prototype creative technology platform

This past weekend at Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo California, Sony unveiled “MESH” – an exciting new development concept. MESH (derived from the concept of Make, Experience, SHare) is a platform of hardware blocks that connect to each other through wireless technology such as Bluetooth Smart. Each block contains software that can be programmed via a simple Graphical User Interface (GUI) to define a function. MESH makes it easy, fun and convenient for anyone without engineering or coding skills to build their own inventions.

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Sony introduces MESH – a prototype creative technology platform

Rate and vote on the best games from Ludum Dare 29 – judging ends May 19 [video]

Gamers, get your votes in by Monday, May 19! You’re the judges when it comes to playing and voting on the best games from 2,497 entries developed during Ludum Dare, a worldwide game development event. We’re also excited to see how the submissions from developers attending the Sony Lund gathering will rank. Read on to see the winners from the local Sony competition.

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Rate and vote on the best games from Ludum Dare 29 – judging ends May 19 [video]

Add Active Low Power Mode support to your SmartWatch 2 app [tutorial]

Active Low Power Mode is one of the new features for SmartWatch 2 developers, available in the latest version of the Sony Add-on SDK. In Active Low Power Mode, the content of an app is displayed in greyscale on the SmartWatch 2 display to save battery time, which is good for use cases such as fitness tracking apps that runs throughout an exercise session. Learn how to develop apps using Active Low Power Mode in this tutorial!

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Add Active Low Power Mode support to your SmartWatch 2 app [tutorial]

Understanding the touchscreen ecosystem in smartphones

Starting today, we’re introducing a series of articles that explore the inner workings and evolution of the touchscreen system on smartphones. Normally, one doesn’t think much about the ability to simply touch a screen to interact directly with what is displayed, now that it has become a fundamental design integrated into smartphones. To start off this series, Sony engineers, Magnus Johansson and Alexander Hunt, explain how smartphone touchscreen systems work on a general level. Read more after the jump.

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Understanding the touchscreen ecosystem in smartphones

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Use low-power mode in your SmartWatch 2 app with the updated Sony Add-on SDK

Today the Sony Add-on SDK is released in a new version, which contains low-power mode and widget API support for SmartWatch 2. The update also includes new possibilities for Small Apps, including increased possibilities to change the look-and feel of a Small App and more.

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Use low-power mode in your SmartWatch 2 app with the updated Sony Add-on SDK

Gamify the UI of the smartphone with the EvolutionUI research project [open source + video]

Today we are opening up an internal research project called EvolutionUI, which is an experimental gamified UI for the smartphone, where the UI gets more advanced as you learn how to use it. In this article, Software Developer Pál Szász tells you all about it, and how to access it.

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Gamify the UI of the smartphone with the EvolutionUI research project [open source + video]

Sony releases free, open source game development toolset

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.

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Sony releases free, open source game development toolset

Customise your own watch faces for SmartWatch 2

Many people have asked for it, and with the latest software update for SmartWatch 2, it is now possible to create custom watch faces for SmartWatch 2. The watch face editor is available through the Smart Connect app on your smartphone, and it enables you to create custom watch faces where you combine different clocks and widgets.

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Customise your own watch faces for SmartWatch 2

Sony contributes Runtime Resource Overlay framework to Android [code example]

Just recently, a new framework called Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) was contributed by Sony to the Android code base. This framework provides the ability to replace application resources while the application is running, we currently use RRO for device customisation and to support Xperia Themes. In this article, Mårten Kongstad, Lead Developer of Runtime Resource Overlay, explains this new framework in detail.

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Sony contributes Runtime Resource Overlay framework to Android [code example]

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