Largest Mobile Phone Operator in Japan Releases “Device Connect WebAPI” for Mobile Device Connectivity
Vuzix® Corporation (VUZI), a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, today announced Vuzix M100 compatibility with NTT DOCOMO’s recent release of the “Device Connect WebAPI”, an open source application-programming interface (API) to provide connectivity with various wearable electronic devices. The release supports Vuzix’ award-winning M100 Smart Glasses. The API is currently being standardized by the Open Mobile Alliance the industry forum that is driving mobile-service standardization. Vuzix will be demonstrating the WebAPI running on Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses at the Digital Content Expo October 23 – 26, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Visit the following URL to learn more.
With more than 53 million customers, DOCOMO’s Device Connect WebAPI release now enables near seamless interoperability between devices, apps, and web pages utilizing server-virtualization technology running on smartphones. The Device Connect WebAPI also engages developers to reach customers on mobile, social and cloud platforms, to fuel mobile and multichannel innovation strategies. The common API allow developers to create apps compatible with a variety of devices including the M100 Smart Glasses, which usually require dedicated development kits.
DOCOMO’s new Open Web API allows developers to integrate services, sensors and other devices which will enable them to build completely new experiences based around the M100 Smart Glasses, fostering a more interactive experience and customized functionality. For example, a developer could link a wristband device of one manufacturer to operate Vuzix’ Smart Glasses, and likewise retrieve data from a pedometer and a bodyweight scale of different manufacturers, and then integrate the data for display with a single application or web browser.
“We’ve been working with DOCOMO for some time and are collaborating on how to open up the power of our M100 Smart Glasses to extend beyond the current capabilities, to create innovation, and increase the depth of the overall experience,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix. “Last year we demoed the M100 at the CEATEC Japan 2013 which received strong interest for our M100 Smart Glasses from the attendees at the event. DOCOMO sees that the wearable space is an exciting area to be in and is working with Vuzix to create an opportunity in the industry on a wider scope. We recognize the importance of being able to interact easily with other devices and sensors to harness creativity across the developer spectrum and provide a more varied experience for our users.”
The Device Connect WebAPI, available on www.GitHub.com, is currently being standardized as a Generic Open Terminal API of the Open Mobile Alliance – http://openmobilealliance.org, Vuzix is a member of OMA the industry forum that is driving mobile-service standardization.