Today in APIs: Revolv’s API for Connected Homes, and 11 New APIs

Greg Bates, December 19th, 2013

RevolvRevolv launches its API to make the connected home the convenient home. ZowPow toys takes your mobile game into the real world. Plus: API Strategy Conference in Europe, and 11 new APIs.

Revolv to Developers: There’s No API Like Home

Revolv puts all those app-controlled home devices into one app. With it’s API, that could be yours. From Sonos speakers, to Philips Hue lights, from Yale Lock, to Wemo, Revolv sets it up so that you can create patterns of use, not just manage one device at a time.

Public documentation is not available but they do have a developer site for registration. Revolv looks like it has all the standard features one would expect to control various devices. In addition, devices can be controlled by the user’s proximity to the home, turning lights on automatically as home owners approach, without having to touch their smart phones, for example.

ZowPow Toys API and SDK Move Your Game into the Real World

ZowPow ToysGot game? What if one of your game’s characters became a real toy that could be used as a controller by the game player? That may sound too complex for even the most seasoned developer. After all, what programmer makes toys? ZowPow Toys will do that part for you, right down to making the toys. The developer’s role is to take the API and SDK and integrate it into their game. ZowPow Toys does the rest (in consultation with the game developer).

ZowPow Toys provides examples of what the finished integration looks like–children having fun. Each toy has a controller in it that connects it to the game.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

11 New APIs

Today we had 11 new APIs added to our API directory including an exchange rate service, a magazine article content search service, a mobile application backend platform, an advertising & monetization solution for applications and a website testing service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Achta SepaAchta Sepa API: Achta is a company based in Ireland that offers cloud based SEPA services for IBAN validation, mandate management, and credit transfers. Achta has extensive experience in advising corporations on cash management payment solutions and how those solutions can be integrated into existing business processes.

Achta offers a realtime payment validation API for their Achtavate service, a cloud based, SEPA-ready payment solution. The API performs IBAN Validation, converts SortCodes and account numbers, checks BIC codes, and validates other payments reference data to ensure SEPA-compliance. An account with service it required.

Exchange Rate LabExchange Rate Lab API: Exchange Rate Lab is an exchange rate service that allows users to convert between currencies on the website, or integrate the interface into third-party apps for use in merchant shops and other applications. The Exchange rate Lab API allows users to lookup and perform currency conversions. The API supports JSON and JSONP, while using REST calls. The queried datasets updated hourly. An API Key is required with service.

HearstHearst API: Hearst Corporation is among America’s largest media and information companies. The Hearst API provides developer access to Hearst content. The API is able to search for articles, images, Hearst magazine websites, keyword lists, and much more.

KidoZenKidoZen API: KidoZen is a mobile application backend-as-a-service platform. KidoZen allows mobile application developers backend solutions for existing applications and for building and managing new applications.

The KidoZen API and SDK allow developers to access and integrate the functionality of KidoZen with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, managing application features, and managing users.

PaeDaePaeDae API: PaeDae is an advertising solution that turns ads for applications into engaging and rewarding experiences for application users. Advertisers can use PaeDae to place ads in applications and developers can use it to integrate ads into their applications for monetization and user engagement.

The PaeDae API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of PaeDae with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: http://paedae.com/developers/.

Rainforest QARainforest QA API: Rainforest QA is a website testing service. Rainforest QA allows website publishers and developers to create and run functionality and bug tests for their websites across multiple browsers.

The Rainforest QA API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Rainforest QA with other applications. Some example API methods include running tests, receiving test results, and managing tests.

RevolvRevolv API: Revolv is a smart home automation service. Revolv provides a solution to unify smart home devices and things, such as Sonos speakers, Philips Hue, Yale Lock, and Wemo.

The Revolv API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Revolv with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: http://revolv.com/developer/.

Scrape.itScrape.it API: Scrape.it is a screen scraping service designed to allows users to pull information from websites that done make it readily available programmatically. The Scrape.it API allows users to make REST calls that submit a URL and return JSON formatted data that has been scraped from the URL. The API allows for two queries to be made: scrape, and advanced scrape. An account is required with service and pricing ranges from “freemium” up to $2000 per month.

Scrape.lyScrape.ly API: Scrape.ly is URL Based Web Scraping scraping tool. The service was designed to avoid complicated script writing or implementation time. Users enter the URL into the web tool and the scraped data is returned. No account is required with service, and REST calls are used to access the service.

TeamViewerTeamViewer API: TeamViewer is a desktop sharing and online collaboration service. TeamViewer provides various features for teams to share and view desktops to collaborate online and remotely.

TeamViewer provides a web-based API that allows users to access data and control various aspects of their TeamViewer account. Developers can use the API to develop apps that integrate TeamViewer functionality with other applications and environments and create new applications.

weship(io) weship(io) API: weship(io) is a shipment tracking service and shipping tracking API. weship(io) allows users to retrieve shipping and tracking information from major shipping companies such as UPS, USPS, and FedEx.

The weship(io) allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of weship(io) with other applications. Some example API methods include validating addresses, manage packages and package information, and retrieve tracking details.

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