Sony SmartEyeglass Developer’s Kit Released

Sony announced its entry into augmented reality eyeglasses with its SmartEyeglass last autumn. Now that it is ready to sell in 10 countries it has released the developer’s edition.

The developer edition of the SmartEyeglass hardware has a 3MP camera, gyroscope, accelerometer, electronic compass, and a brightness sensor.   The augmented reality glasses allow you to see text and images while viewing the world around you.

SmartEyeglass works in conjunction with a connected Android smartphone. It can work with apps on the smartphone just as Android Wear devices do. The eyeglasses themselves are a rather bulky looking set, with large frames attached to an external controller by a wire; the external controller contains a battery, speaker, touch sensor, microphone, and NFC.

I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing these, so let’s hope the final version is a little more stylish.

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Dell Launches Ubuntu-Powered XPS 13 Developer Edition

Dell has released the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop running Ubuntu. The laptop, codenamed “Sputnik 3”, runs on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit touch display having a 1920 x1080 pixels resolution.

In terms of performance, the XPS 13 Developer Edition runs on a Core i5-4200U or i7-4500U Intel Haswell processor, 8 GB of RAM, Intel HD 4400 graphics, a 128/256 GB mSATA solid state drive, a spill-resistant backlit chiclet keyboard, an HD webcam, Bluetooth, 802.11ac WiFi, and a 55WHr battery.

Dell set the starting price at $1,249 and made it available only in the United States at the moment. However it will expand its reach quickly, whereas next week it will go on sale in Canada, and by the end of the month it will also be available in 9 EU countries.

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First Tizen Phone Appears In Hands-On Video

There has been no news for quite some time about the new Tizen operating system and supported handsets. It turns out that some concrete footage of Tizen running on a fully fledged Smartphone just surfaced on YouTube.

The handset has the model number Z9005 attributed to it, and in the video below it seems that the first Tizen phone has been given a full hands-on treatment, detailing the software and features found in the Operating System and we can also get a brief glyphs of the handset as well. To be noted is that Samsung has implemented its trademark TouchWiz UI. The circular icons however, are reminiscent of Nokia-Intel Operating System MeeGo found on the Nokia N9 handset.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TUgZBwZybU[/youtube]

The Z9005 handset allegedly features hardware specifications very similar to the Galaxy S III when compared and also seems to have many features that we already see in Galaxy smartphones running on Android Operating System. However all things indicate that the handset is a developer-only device and the very first Tizen powered consumer phones will debut in CES 2014.

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Images and video courtesy of NextPowerUp

Samsung Rumored To Release a Note 3 Developer Edition Handset

Sources report that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition will be released soon. A teaser page is already live at the official Samsung site announcing the device which is expected to arrive soon. No details on the exact date or price has been revealed yet however its estimated price might be somewhere near $699.99 ( £438 ).

A developer edition is a device that usually has the same hardware as the original non-developer version the only difference is that it’s easy to unlock the bootloader. This makes it an ideal device to have for those interested in tinkering around with different custom ROMs.

The technical specs listed are mostly common to a non-developer Note 3. A 5.7″ Full HD Super AMOLED having 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Krait 400 CPU, 13MP rear and 2 MP front cameras and a 3200 mAh battery. The only difference is that the developer edition will pack 32 GB of internal storage.

Another unique feature to this model is that it is so far the only device that is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Gear. If you,as a developer, are planning to make applications which use the Galaxy Gear then this is the handset for you.

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Motorola Droid Maxx Developer Edition Now Available For A Hefty $649

Motorola, in partnership with Verizon, is now offering the Droid Maxx handset in a Developer Edition version. The Droid Maxx is now available for $649.99 on the Motorola store with Verizon and Developer Edition branding. The unlockable bootloader does void your warranty when activated but it gives developers and crazy phone geeks a chance to tweak and tune their handset.

The core specifications of the Motorola Droid Maxx Developer Edition are the same as the standard version of the phone. These specifications (courtesy of AndroidCentral) are as follows:

Dimensions

  • 5.41”(H) x 2.80”(W) x 0.28”(D) inches
  • Weight: 4.94 oz

Network

  • Network: LTE, CDMA/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
  • Global Network: EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA/UMTS( 850/900/1900/2100), HSDPA 42.2 Mbps (Category 20), HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

Operating System

  • Android 4.2, Jelly Bean

Memory / Processor

  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core with Quad–Core Graphics, attention hub, & 2GB of RAM
  • 4FF preinstalled SIM
  •  32GB interal memory (formatted capacity less)

Battery

  • Battery: Non–removable 3500 mAh Li–Ion
  • Usage: Up to 48 hours OR
  • Standby Time: Up to 25 days

SAR

  • SAR: Head 1.54 W/kg / Body–worn 0.32 W/kg

Camera

  • 10MP RGBC camera with quick capture

Video

  • 1080p HD Video capture, up to 60FPS
  • 2MP Full HD Recording Front Facing Camera
  • Video Formats: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, RV v10, RV v9, WMV v10, WMV v9

Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth® 4.0 LE +EDR, Bluetooth Class 2
  • Bluetooth® Profiles Supported: Stereo (A2DP), Serial Port Profile, Object Push (vCard & vCalendar only) Profiles, A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, FTP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, NAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP

Image courtesy of Motorola

Motorola Teases The Moto X Developer Edition

Motorola are getting ready to launch the new developer edition of the Moto X smartphone and it has been spotted by Droid-Life. The developer edition uses 32GB of storage and has an unlockable bootloader. Although the unlockable bootloader makes it easier for users to unlock the device and tinker around with it, the process is still warranty-voiding.

“Unlocking your Developer Edition’s bootloader voids all warranties and may cause serious harm to your device.” states Motorola.

The Moto X uses a 4.7 inch 720p display with 2GB of RAM and a dual core 1.7GHz Snapdragon CPU. The developer edition has the words “Developer Edition” engraved on the rear of the device and an unlockable bootloader, apart from that it remains all but identical to the consumer Moto X devices.

The Moto X is the first smartphone to try and push the agenda that “specifications do not matter” but instead they focus on value added software features provided through exclusive Motorola-developed software.

Image courtesy of Droid-Life