Sony commences Open SmartWatch project; encourages custom firmware

by XB on 13th June 2013

in Accessories, Firmware

SmartWatchDFU_660x384Sony Mobile has announced that it is opening its SmartWatch accessory to encourage developers to port their own alternative firmware. Up until now developers have only been able to create SmartWatch apps, however, this news means that a developer can take full control of the device as a hardware peripheral. Sony is calling it the Open SmartWatch project.

To encourage developers to take the first step, Sony has arranged a SmartWatch Arduino Hackathon in Malmö, south of Sweden this coming Saturday (15 June) in conjunction with Arduino. They will put together a tool chain enabling Arduino firmware to run on the SmartWatch – further details on the event can be found here.

This is another in a long line of examples were Sony has embraced openness in the developer community. The company has to be commended for its stance and hopefully devs can use Sony’s help to give the SmartWatch even more longevity.

Via Sony Developer World.

Thanks Hisham!

  • Dustin Leiblein

    I own this watch, can’t wait to see what happens now!

  • xperiax10.awesome

    another Smart move by SONY !!

  • Carljn

    Site not owned by Sony.
    Stay on topic please.

  • indian

    I know.that is why i mentioned sony/XB !!
    of course,I’d rather not post at all,if sony/XB atleast release all the details for any given update !!

  • Beyar Feysel

    hi, how’s it? i am planning to buy one soon

  • Carljn

    Xperiablog does not know any details about the update for Ion because they are not a part of Sony. It’s just a fan made site.

  • saif

    What about warranty void?

  • indian

    since my post is off topic,you are jus replying me and letting me know things that I already know !!
    I didn’t ask details about ION !! I mentioned XZ in my post !!
    please use your specticals and read carefully !! no offense though !!

  • SeVeMaS

    I have one also and is a great gadget just to show of. besides to tell the time you can control a lot of apps on the phone like sport tracking, gps guidance, even to remotely take a picture. Just go to the play store and search smartwatch and you will see all the apps available. The only “cons” I see is the realy bad readind in the sunlight.

  • Michael Hofmann

    I have one, and whilst it is a very good piece of kit, it only provides a glimpse into what is possible, it isn’t good enough to use it everyday, it is too big and clunky and the display needs a serious boost. It is suited to this open project but right now I would consider waiting to see if any companies launch new smartwatches around IFA, in September.

  • Robert Forslund

    Sony never cease to amaze its users… You’ll never be disappointed when using any Sony product! Their best product so far is the Xperia Z phone and tablet! ^_^

  • Billy de Fretes

    c6602 indonesia still not get 307 and i think it’s not big deal since current version in my xperia z works better…

  • Babylonbwoy

    Price of smartwatch dropped from 120 to 70 euros if anyone is interested.

  • Next thing you know they open up PS Vita to run Android. It is actually possible as the PS3 once ran Linux.

  • Dimos

    Nobody Cares.

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