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A little over a month ago in Tokyo, Japan, Sony unveiled its new SmartEyeglass technology. SmartEyeglass will connect to any Android 4.1 or greater smartphone and deliver superimposed information in the form of text, symbols, and images directly in your field of view. In a way, Sony’s SmartEyeglass system can be thought of as a competitor to Google Glass, but it is also fundamentally different since it can potentially function more as an augmented reality setup than possible with a more peripherally located screen.
While actual shipping devices based on the Sony SmartEyeglass system are still far from being sold to the public, with developer prototype hardware expected by the end of March 2015, Sony is looking to kick start development for its future eyewear. As such, Sony Developer World has just now released the SmartEyeglass SDK Developer Preview. The SmartEyeglass SDK Dev Preview includes an emulator and will allow developers to start developing apps that can incorporate in-view augmented reality.
So what kind of hardware will SmartEyeglass support when it’s finally released? According to Sony Developer World:
- Binocular see-through eyewear with a wired controller.
- 419(H) × 138(V) px display resolution.
- Monochrome green display with 8bit color depth.
- 1000 cd/m2 maximum brightness.
- More than 85% see-through transmittance.
- Accelerometer, gyro, electronic compass, brightness sensor, microphones.
- 3MP camera for still pictures, VGA (640 x 480px) for videos.
- Speaker available in the controller.
- Bluetooth v3.0 and IEEE802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity to your Android device.
- Supports Android 4.1 or above (Android 4.3 or above needed for videos).
- Weight ?77g (eyewear without the cable) and ?44g (controller).
Are you a consumer or developer interested in in-view Augmented Reality like what will be possible with Sony SmartEyeglass? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the Sony Developer World Newsletter and SmartEyeglass SDK page to get started
In this game, you help Snaky and its snake friends to escape 300+ original levels, each with a different gameplay.
You get to throw bombs to clear your way up, declare war to alien ships, break levels with missiles, solve puzzle levels, eat frightened ghosts, catch falling apples, avoid many obstacles...
It's a mix of arcade, puzzle, action and address games...
You won't get bored, it's a promise.
Download it safely for freely on Google Play Store
- Rediscover the Snake game thanks to 8 level types: snake-invaders (my personal favorite), bomber-snake (a classic that never ages), pac-snake (game rules have evolved), breakout, course, pong, modern and classic!
- Experience hours of constantly renewed fun in hundreds of evolved levels spread across six campaigns
- Move the snake freely through 360° with intuitive and customizable controls
- Go at your own pace by speeding up and slowing down the snake during game
- Unlock two other game modes, including the diet mode
- Relive the emotions of the original Snake with the classic mode 90°
- Master the 10 snakes. Each snake has its own character: slow or fast, long or short, easy to handle or more spicy... Master these snakes and you will be rewarded!
- Avoid pitfalls: energy balls, spaceships, ghosts, lasers, rotten apples, poisoned darts, mobile scaffolds, picks, one ways...
- Use power-ups wisely: resurrection packs, shields, teleporters, hexagon fragments, flying apples, switches and gates...
- Arm yourself with missiles and bombs: it will be explosive! Unless you're afraid to kill...
- Destroy the enemy ships and destroy the walls in the levels
- Cast out all bonus points in time and perform combos to make big scores
- Win all 2,590 medals (you will have to eat a lot of apples!)
- Take up the challenges of the 39 special achievements (a lot more fruits to eat!)
- Compare your scores and achievements with friends or other people in the world
- Earn 40 bonus videos
- The intuitive controls make it easy to guide the snake thanks to a joystick wheel. You can also change the way you drive the snake: wheel at the right, clockwise or anti-clockwise arrows, accelerometer or in a more classical fashion with direction cross.
Ask any tech-minded individual to name the biggest industry trend right now, and you’re sure to hear wearables more than a few times. Two years ago, wearables were still a relatively unknown device category, but today you’d be hard pressed to find a tech company that isn’t involved in the wearables market.
Despite the influx of wearables in the market, companies are still racing to create the “it” wearable product. Today, the major industry players are trying to differentiate on the physical design of the product. Largely, the products look very similar, but in the next phase of wearables, we can anticipate a broader range of price points (premium vs. entry-level products), materials, colors and styles. We’ll then start to see wearable players find ways to differentiate their software experience — because a wearable without good software is just flashy jewelry.
So what’s next? Possibly the most important component of wearable products: algorithms to ensure the data is accurate for a wide array of movements and users. Enter the power of the smart algorithms.
Where Do Algorithms Currently Fit In?
Whether it’s the Fuel points in the Nike FuelBand, steps in the Fitbit Flex, or something else entirely, movements are measured by proprietary algorithms that track and make sense of various aspects of a user’s actions. One challenge with products on the market today is that the algorithms predominantly all track the same thing (like steps), thus they aren’t a point of differentiation between devices.
Taking that a step further, a common problem we see with most fitness wearables, like the Nike FuelBand, is that they are essentially “fancy pedometers,” incapable of recognizing all the activities a person does throughout the day. For example, I remove my Nike FuelBand when I do weight training because the device not only gets in my way, it has been unable to detect the unique movements associated with those workouts. By having to manually enter workout details into my smartphone (or from my laptop at a later time), I experience a disrupted workout flow, and as a result, a disappointing device interaction.
It isn’t just having algorithms go beyond steps to track a more diverse range of body actions – it’s also demonstrating that the way actions are measured is, in fact, accurate. Consumers’ thirst for wearable products and data will temporarily be quenched by approximation of steps completed in a day. Taking more steps today than yesterday indicates progress, however, as consumers become more wearable savvy, accuracy will become an even greater priority. This will be particularly true for amateur and professional athletes, where training accuracy can directly influence their ability to achieve goals.
Let’s go a step beyond this. What about making educated suggestions for future activity? A truly smart wearable should be able to analyze my current and historical activity and offer ways to augment it throughout the day. Perhaps it identifies how long I’ve been immobile and encourages me to walk around at specified intervals, or maybe it understands that the three cups of coffee I drank throughout the day caused a restless night’s sleep, and can offer alternatives to increasing energy levels the following day.
How Do We Improve Algorithmic Accuracy?
Before algorithms can truly meet all of our needs as consumers, we need to find the best ways to turn the collected data into something useful. We are already seeing a drove of data scientists being hired by companies like Apple and that number is only going to continue to grow.
More than that, we’ll see user research become a critical component to any successful wearable device, as wearable product manufacturers look to narrow their market by carefully defining their users. While user research for wearable tech won’t necessitate a new or unique skill set for researchers, it will demand one that is nimble, highly analytical and creative. After all, user researchers will soon become “the voice of the consumer,” using their detailed knowledge base on all aspects of the wearable — the device itself, the accompanying mobile app or website, the data gathered, and the consumer’s device perception — to relay user opinion to all industry departments and inform the future market success of wearables.
Consumers will demand more than fancy pedometers — they’ll want devices that not only track, but guide their fitness routine, sleep patterns and food consumption. Users are hungry for data that captures all of their daily active moments, and — wait for it… — does so accurately. The race is on for algorithms that consistently understand specific user activity across a variety of body types, and the companies that are doggedly perfecting those algorithms will be the ones who yield the long-term market advantages.
Amazing Kaleidoscope is an app that simulates a real mechanical kaleidoscope but is enhanced by hundreds of digital effects sets.
With "Amazing Kaleidoscope" you can access over 120 different profiles each with stunning visual effects imitating the mechanical device. You can bring those images to life by moving your device as the app recognizes the gyroscope movement. Amazing patterns can be selected from the predefined gallery or generated and customized by a few buttons on main screen. Not only you can play with it as with any regular apps, but you can use the kaleidoscope images as a Live Wallpaper.
Here are some of the features "Amazing Kaleidoscope" offers:
- Two main modes of operation, either as a classic kaleidoscope using gallery images or as a teleidoscope using the camera
- 120 predefined kaleidoscope profiles in the default gallery and 58 kaleidoscope components (with 9 different types) sum up to thousands of different variations
- The app simulates the physics of moving beads just like the real mechanical device
- Detects gyroscope variations to create shifting layers effects and tilting mirrors
- Extra screen effects (such as vignetting, blurring, fine noise) included in the classical version and in the live wallpaper version
"Amazing Kaleidoscope" is available for free on Google Play.