The Expect Labs new API for MindMeld: Who needs Spock? Kimono ends scraping, creates APIs and Apps in seconds. Plus: Google-powered destination search comes to Hyundai, Intro to Web Audio API book released, and 5 new APIs.
Anticipatory computing company Expect Labs has released the Mindmeld API. This gives access to the Mindmeld App features, a tool that allows for a kind of illustrated conversation. In the graphic below, you see a set of faces across the top, people who have joined a conversation on MindMeld. This is essentially a conference call, though you don’t see each other talk and move. What’s different from other web hosted group conversations is that MindMeld can be turned on to listen in using natural language processing, comprehend what is being said, and display relevant resources.
Down the left you see bits of the conversation MindMeld has picked out. In the center are resources related to what people have said. Choosing one, a map say, and sharing it is a matter of clicking and dragging.
According to Josh Ong at The Next Web,
While we can expect to see virtual assistant apps similar to the MindMeld app, Expect Labs has designed the API so that it has plenty of other uses. The startup is billing the technology as a third-party alternative to advanced search functionality like Google Now and Siri. Some companies have expressed interest in applying MindMeld to customer service situations in order to provide better contextual awareness to customers, while others could use it to provide smart notifications.
The MindMeld technology is contextual, continuous, and intelligent. It’s also anticipatory. That means that because MindMeld is always searching based on the conversation it is listening to, it can sometimes deliver resources before the user starts to search for them.
With the API, you can plug these features into anything.
Kimono has launched a tool that can create a web app or API in seconds. Part of the trick is zero coding. And they are packing it with new features. For example it can extract full data sets across a series of websites, scooping an entire catalog even when only a few items are visible on a page. And they are open to adding new features at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Sarah Perez reports in Techcrunch, the company is only about a month old, hails from Y Combinator and is a twist on the smarter web scraper idea:
With Kimono, the end goal is to simplify data extraction so that anyone can manage it. After signing up, you install a bookmarklet in your browser, which, when clicked, puts the website into a special state that allows you to point to the items you want to track. For example, if you were trying to track movie times, you might click on the movie titles and showtimes. Then Kimono’s learning algorithm will build a data model involving the items you’ve selected.
Pricing starts at free and rises with degree of usage.
Today we had 5 new APIs added to our API directory including an event scheduling and management platform, a university publication information service, an online brand protection and verification tool and an augmented reality application backend service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Attendease API: Attendease is an event platform that allows users to publish their event’s website, schedule, and registration forms in one place for distribution. It also provides a drag-and-drop Form Builder that lets users build as many different forms and registration flows as they like. Attendease can also check guests in when they arrive at events. Users can create mobile-friendly online surveys to get instant feedback on events from their attendees.
Ghent University Academic Bibliography API: The Ghent University Academic Bibliography provides bibliographic information describing scientific publications by Ghent University researchers.
The Ghent University Academic Bibliography API provides a number of methods for developers to programmatically access that bibliographic information. The API is able to deliver feeds for bibliographic data from various departments and projects, access data describing single publications, subsets of the collection, or the collection in whole, search for publications using a variety of parameters, and much more.
Project Sunblock API: Project Sunblock is a content verification tool that offers brand safety for digital advertisers on the web. The tool monitors and protects online brands by combining content analysis, image recognition and an extensive database of website relationships in order to safeguard against harmful associations with a client’s brand and online content.
Project sunblock offers a RESTful API for delivery, admin and reporting. The API allows developers to to connect, interact and integrate directly with the Project Sunblock service. API methods include Organizations, Campaigns, Ads, Rules and Statistics. An API key is required.
Vuforia Web Services API: Vuforia is an app-building service that allows users to create highly interactive, augmented reality applications that include 3D graphics, touch, video, and audio features. Vuforia includes a cloud-based recognition system designed to identify objects stored in the user’s cloud database. Developers can add and manage targets in their cloud database using the Vuforia Web Services API (VWS API).
YAGAJOBS API: YAGAJOBS is an online UK jobs service that provides access to a database of live job vacancies gathered from numerous UK job boards. YAGAJOBS offers a normalized and constantly refreshed service in a single, highly comprehensive database.
The YAGAJOBS REST API searches and matches vacancies based on given criteria. Data attributes are normalized and include advertiser, salary, location, title, description, type, hours, and more. Supported formats include simple JSON, simple XML, and HR XML. An API key is required.