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In order to use the ActiveLook SDK for android, you should have Android Studio installed.


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Quick start

You can start displaying custom data in your glasses in less than 10 minutes. Ready?


You will need the following:

  • A pair of glasses
  • AndroidStudio up
  • An android device with BLE

Step 1: Start a new Android project

Open AndroidStudio and create a new project.

Step 2: Add the ActiveLook SDK dependency

The ActiveLook SDK is available on jitpack. In order to use it, you need to add jitpack repository in your project dependency resolver. You need to add the line maven { url '' }. Depending on your gradle version, you'll have to either modify the root build.gradle or the settings.gradle file.

  1. For the build.gradle file, you should add:
allprojects {
  repositories {
    maven { url '' }
  1. For the settings.gradle file, you should add:
dependencyResolutionManagement {
  repositories {
    maven { url '' }

You can add the dependency in your application by modifying the application build.gradle and add:

dependencies {
  implementation 'com.github.activelook:android-sdk:v4.5.2'

Step 3: Set up your android device

On your android device, enable the developer mode and connect it to your computer via USB. Your device will prompt you to accept debugging from Android Studio. Accept it if you trust your computer and your device should appear in Android Studio menu bar, next to the 'Play' button.

Step 4: Update the application source code

You can modify the main activity of your application:

// ... package statement and other imports
import com.activelook.activelooksdk.Sdk;
import com.activelook.activelooksdk.types.Rotation;
// ... class definition and other methods
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
      // ... method other statements
      runOnUiThread(() -> {
        Log.e("ANDROID", "Permissions");
        ActivityCompat.requestPermissions(MainActivity.this, new String[] {
        }, 0);
        Log.e("SDK", "Init");
            gu -> Log.d("GLASSES_UPDATE", String.format("onUpdateStart               : %s", gu)),
            gu_f -> {
                  Log.d("GLASSES_UPDATE", String.format("onUpdateAvailableCallback   : %s", gu_f.first));
            gu -> Log.d("GLASSES_UPDATE", String.format("onUpdateProgress            : %s", gu)),
            gu -> Log.d("GLASSES_UPDATE", String.format("onUpdateSuccess             : %s", gu)),
            gu -> Log.d("GLASSES_UPDATE", String.format("onUpdateError               : %s", gu))
        Log.e("SDK", "Instance");
        Sdk sdk = Sdk.getInstance();
        Log.e("SDK", "Scan");
        sdk.startScan(discoveredGlasses -> {
            Log.e("DISCOVER", String.format("Glasses connecting: %s", discoveredGlasses.getAddress()));
                    glasses -> {
                        Log.e("CONNECT", "Glasses connecting");
                        glasses.txt(new Point(50, 50), Rotation.TOP_LR, (byte) 0x00, (byte) 0xFF, "Mon Super Test");
                        Log.e("CONNECT", "Glasses connected");
                    errorDiscoveredGlasses -> {
                        Log.e("ERROR", "Glasses could not be connected");
                    glasses -> {
                        Log.e("DISCONNECT", "Glasses have been disconnected");
      // ... method other statements
// ... other class methods

Alternative getting started using demo app

You can check our demo application on

More in depth example

To run the example project, clone the repo, and import the project in Android Studio.

Note: BlueTooth will not work on the android simulator. A physical device should be used instead.


To start using the SDK, first import and initialize the sdk. You will need a token provided by Microoled to authenticate with the update server. Five callbacks onUpdateStart, onUpdateAvailableCallback, onUpdateProgress, onUpdateSuccess, onUpdateError must be provided to handle glasses update events. Read the javadoc for more inforamtions. For example, in a main application class, you can initialize the SDK like this:

package com.activelook.demo;

import com.activelook.activelooksdk.Sdk;

public class DemoApp extends Application {

  private Sdk alsdk;

  public void onCreate() {
    this.alsdk = Sdk.init(
      (update) -> Log.i("GLASSES_UPDATE", "Starting glasses update."),
      (update) -> { Log.i("GLASSES_UPDATE", "A glasses update is available."); return true; },
      (update) -> Log.i("GLASSES_UPDATE", "Progressing glasses update."),
      (update) -> Log.i("GLASSES_UPDATE", "Success glasses update."),
      (update) -> Log.i("GLASSES_UPDATE", "Error glasses update.")

  public Sdk getActiveLookSdk() {
    return this.alsdk;


Then, use the shared singleton wherever needed. This can be called from anywhere within your application.

import com.activelook.activelooksdk.Sdk;


Sdk alsdk = ((DemoApp) this.getApplication()).getActiveLookSdk();


To scan for available ActiveLook glasses, simply use the startScan(Consumer<DiscoveredGlasses> onDiscoverGlasses) and stopScan() methods.

When a device is discovered, the onDiscoverGlasses callback will be called.

You can handle these cases by providing an instance of Consumer<DiscoveredGlasses>. Since this is a single method interface, you can also create it on the fly with a closure. For example, you can run some process on the UI thread:

this.alsdk.startScan(discoveredGlasses -> runOnUiThread(() -> {
  Log.d("SDK", discoveredGlasses.toString());

Connect to ActiveLook glasses

To connect to a pair of discovered glasses, use the connect(Consumer<Glasses> onConnected, Consumer<DiscoveredGlasses> onConnectionFail, Consumer<Glasses> onDisconnected) method on the DiscoveredGlasses object.

The connection process handle the glasses update. The registered callbacks on the SDK initialization will be triggered if a compatible update is available. Once the update process has terminated, you connection process will continue.

If the connection is successful, the onConnected.accept method will be called and will return a Glasses object, which can then be used to get information about the connected ActiveLook glasses or send commands.

If the connection fails, the onConnectionFail.accept method will be called instead.

Finally, if the connection to the glasses is lost at any point, later, while the app is running, the onDisconnected.accept method will be called.

Since all those handler are single method interfaces, you can create them on the fly with closures:

  glasses -> { Log.d("SDK", "Connected: " + glasses.toString()); },
  discoveredGlasses -> { Log.d("SDK", "Connection fail: " + discoveredGlasses.toString()); },
  glasses -> { Log.d("SDK", "Disconnected: " + discoveredGlasses.toString()); }

If you need to share the Glasses object between several Activity, and you find it hard or inconvenient to hold onto the onDisconnected callback, you can reset it or provide a new one by using the setOnDisconnected(Consumer<Glasses> onDisconnected) method on the Glasses object:

  glasses -> { Log.d("SDK", "New disconnected handler: " + glasses.toString()); }

Device information

To get information relative to discovered glasses as published over Bluetooth, you can access the following public properties:

this.alsdk.startScan(discoveredGlasses -> {
  Log.d("discoveredGlasses", "Manufacturer:" + discoveredGlasses.getManufacturer());
  Log.d("discoveredGlasses", "Name:" + discoveredGlasses.getName());
  Log.d("discoveredGlasses", "Address:" + discoveredGlasses.getAddress());

Once connected, you can access more information about the device such as its firmware version, the model number etc... by using the DeviceInformation getDeviceInformation() method:

DeviceInformation di = glasses.getDeviceInformation();
Log.d("Glasses", "ManufacturerName: " + di.getManufacturerName());
Log.d("Glasses", "ModelNumber: " + di.getModelNumber());
Log.d("Glasses", "SerialNumber: " + di.getSerialNumber());
Log.d("Glasses", "HardwareVersion: " + di.getHardwareVersion());
Log.d("Glasses", "FirmwareVersion: " + di.getFirmwareVersion());
Log.d("Glasses", "SoftwareVersion: " + di.getSoftwareVersion());


All available commands are exposed as methods in the Glasses class. Examples are available in the Example application. Most commands require parameters to be sent.

// Power on the glasses

// Set the display luminance level
glasses.luma((byte) 15)

// Draw a circle at the center of the screen
glasses.circ((short) 152, (short) 128, (byte) 50)

// Enable gesture detection sensor

// Some other example
glasses.grey((byte) 0x03);
glasses.grey((byte) 0x07);
glasses.grey((byte) 0x0B);
glasses.grey((byte) 0x0F);

When a response is expected from the glasses, an handler must be provided as a instance or as a closure. The callback will be called asynchronously.

glasses.battery(r -> { Log.d("Battery", String.format("Battery level: %d", r)); });


It is possible to subscribe to three types of notifications that the glasses will send over Bluetooth:

  • Battery level updates (periodically, every 30 seconds)
  • Gesture detection sensor triggered
  • Flow control events (when the state of the flow control changes)
glasses.subscribeToBatteryLevelNotifications( //Consumer<Integer> onEvent
  r -> { Log.d("Notif", "Battery: " + r.toString()); }
glasses.subscribeToFlowControlNotifications( //Consumer<FlowControlStatus> onEvent
  r -> { Log.d("Notif", "Flow control: " + r.toString()); }
glasses.subscribeToSensorInterfaceNotifications( //Runnable onEvent
  r -> { Log.d("Notif", "Sensor: Gesture!"); }


When done interacting with ActiveLook glasses, simply call the disconnect() method:


Sharing glasses across multiple activities

In order to use a DiscoveredGlasses or a Glasses created in one activty and consumed in another one, Intent must be use. These classes implements the Parcelable interface to make it possible. You can find an example in the sample application where the Glasses is shared between the scanning activity and the main activity.

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

  private Glasses connectedGlasses;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    if (savedInstanceState != null) {
      this.connectedGlasses = savedInstanceState.getParcelable("connectedGlasses");

  protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, @Nullable Intent data) {
    this.connectedGlasses = data.getExtras().getParcelable("connectedGlasses");

  public void onSaveInstanceState(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    if (this.connectedGlasses != null) {
      savedInstanceState.putParcelable("connectedGlasses", this.connectedGlasses);

public class ScanningActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
  device.connect(glasses -> {
    Intent returnIntent = new Intent();
    returnIntent.putExtra("connectedGlasses", glasses);
    ScanningActivity.this.setResult(Activity.RESULT_FIRST_USER, returnIntent);
  }, null, null);

About Android Wear

For now, it is unclear if Android Wear can be supported. A study on the compatibility and limits needs to be done and this sample code will be updated accordingly.

About the project

Compiled and validated with Android studio 3.1.3 for Windows 64-bit Using (automatically installed):

  • Gradle 4.4
  • Android SDK Platform 21
  • Build Tools revision 27.0.3

This code is licensed under the MIT Licence. You may obtain a copy of the License at

MDMBLE application embeds a SQLite database to store internal settings The unique MessageBLE(int id, String message, String alias) table stores the commands:

  • id: incremental number
  • message: command to be sent
  • alias: text displayed on the interface

Caution: the database is cleared only when uninstalling the application.