It seems that smartwatches are all the rage these days. From Pebble to Metawatch to I’m Watch, there are no shortages of smartwatch devices out there. And if the rumor mill is to be believed, there are more to come from the big players. The Sony Smartwatch was one of the original options, starting back in early 2012, and has continued to be a force with their Smart Extensions APIs being available and a large number of apps out there on the Google Play Store. However, in comparison to the Metawatch, the Sony Smartwatch lacks one thing: hackability.
On Sony’s Developer World portal they announced today that they are opening up the Smartwatch to allow for custom firmware to be used with their new “Open SmartWatch Project“. By doing this, they are essentially allowing the developer to create their own implementations of the stock firmware—much like all the custom ROMs available already here on XDA. The custom firmware is flashed using the DFU utility (Device Firmware Upgrade), and Sony has even made a SmartWatch Hacker Guide available that lists the specific reference information needed to start developing your own firmware.
Make sure to visit their announcement for more information, and also check out their upcoming SmartWatch Arduino Hackathon.