Sony Opens Its Android SmartWatch, Lets Developers Create Their Own Firmware

Posted June 13, 2013 at 7:02pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7765 views

Sony has opened its Android SmartWatch letting developers create and flash alternative firmware.

Developers have been able to create apps for the SmartWatch using the Sony Add-on SDK for quite some time already, however, with the Open SmartWatch project, we’re opening up the device even more. If you’re an advanced developer, you can now take control of SmartWatch as a hardware peripheral in new ways by creating and flashing your own alternative firmware.

Currently, there are no alternative firmware versions for SmartWatch, but we hope that that the Open SmartWatch project will inspire and make it possible for you to create new innovations.

Sony is holding a SmartWatch Arduino Hackathon in Malmo, Sweden together with Arduino who will offer a tool chain enabling Arduino firmware to run on the SmartWatch.

The company has also posted a "Hacker guide" with technical information and instructions on how to flash the SmartWatch. It contains information about the display, Bluetooth, I2C peripherals, touch sensor protocols and more.

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Raleigh - June 15, 2013 at 4:10pm
Raleigh - June 14, 2013 at 6:18pm
OMFG apple just came up with that! Sure spamdroid apple! I would pay you guys a ton if I could if you sue hem!
Simon - June 14, 2013 at 1:08pm
Get off your ass and make a smart watch already apple!!!
Raleigh Brecht - June 17, 2013 at 3:10pm
Give them time due to lots of features thank you very much lazy wenchhole thinker
terrance&philip - June 14, 2013 at 5:21am
these will be a big FAIL. Its stupid charging a watch
Nuck Chorris - June 17, 2013 at 2:56pm
These have been out for some time now.. Pull your head out of the hole and let the worm out.
FL - June 13, 2013 at 8:03pm
So, they are OK with hacking the watch, but it is illegal to hack the PS platform? I guess it is only OK if the stuff is not selling much...
Jack black - June 13, 2013 at 8:11pm
So right fuc Sony
csns - June 13, 2013 at 10:43pm
Well, if you do not see the difference between a standalone gaming system like PS and a mere interface like the SmartWatch then it will be hard for you to understand. This move on the Sony side in nothing really ground-breaking but more of a marketing flick. Nonetheless the watch itself is a quite useful piece of hardware. I've been using one for a year and I must say the software available can do some nice magic ;) It could be prettier though :)
sachax - June 15, 2013 at 7:49am
You perfectly right. Something has not reached popularity, let's "open" it to developers.
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