Today, we’ve made an open source camera implementation available to use with AOSP for Xperia. This developer-only camera is available for select devices in our Open Device program and the development snapshot will enable developers to create a custom ROM with basic camera functionality. Please note that the open source camera, based on Qualcomm© framework, lacks all the Sony unique enhancements, is not calibrated, and is not designed for daily use.
The Mobile Pico Projector MP-CL1 was launched last month and has quickly become the best selling pico projector on the market. With such a powerful projector just the size of a cell phone, it is interesting to take a look at the technology behind this Mobile Pico Projector. We have reached out to the Mobile Pico Module Engineer, Katsunori Seno, to get some background information about the technology which includes laser light source using Sony’s Laser Beam Scanning technology, HD resolution and Wi-Fi or HDMI connectivity. Later, we also speak to our Developer Advocate, Joakim Elvander, who told us about the different ways he had used the Mobile Pico Projector.
We’re happy to announce the Hero Open Source Developer for the months of September and October – David Viteri of Italy. Since the start of the year, Developer World has recognised developer that have contributed to the most accepted commits to our SonyXperiaDev GitHub projects. David, who was previously the March-April hero open source developer, takes the honours again. Learn more about his efforts after the jump.
The SmartEyeglass SDK v1.2 is now released with Android Studio support and a simpler installation process. The API Libraries and sample projects are now provided in the Android Studio project structure. Also, the Gradle build system is used to make the development environment setup faster and easier.
Sony’s Theme Creator BETA tool gives you a quick and easy way to build custom themes for Xperia smartphones and tablets. The latest update of the tool, Theme Creator BETA 0.7.0, provides several enhancements – increased overall Lollipop support, more previews, update notifications, new templates, and much more. Read on for details on all the updates to the Theme Creator BETA tool.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.