Previous to this, Vuzix launched the Blade Developers and Edge programs designed for software developers in order to give them early access to the beta units. Recently Vuzix launched the Developer Center to enable Vuzix Blade partners and customers to access a diverse set of resources for developing applications on the Blade. Some of the many resources include sample code for utilizing the various Blade Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) related to the camera, microphone, photos, sensors, gestures and a growing set of many others.
The first commercial release of Vuzix Blade will include Blade Edge SDK version 5 commercial edition, which will allow the company's enterprise customers to take advantage of communication link between iOS and Android devices; including smart phones and tablets; and the Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses. Additional functionality included in Blade Edge SDK version 5 commercial edition includes the Vuzix Blade companion app; email, messages, media player control, as well as user-specified application notifications between the Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses and a paired iOS or Android device.
The Vuzix Blade Companion App links the user's phone to the Blade allowing Vuzix Blade users to leave their phone in their pockets while using many applications of the phone. From basic messaging, to alerts across the Companions device apps, the Blade displays information and communicates to the user what's happening on their phones. Configurable by the user the smart phones status and communications just float, always available and hands free, through the display of the Blade. The Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses are currently certified to ship into North America, Canada and Europe.
Vuzix continues to work on the next Vuzix Blade General release for both consumers and business, which will include an expanded software suite and services as well as retail packaging and accessories. It is expected to be released in January 2019.