Step back almost 20 years. I was then CEO of a tiny publishing house at a group breakfast during what was then called the American Booksellers Association convention. The guest speaker was a guy with a clearly nutty idea: Jeff Bezos was selling books over the Internet. Every publisher in the room had the same question: who in their right mind would ever buy a book that you couldn’t hold in your hands before paying for it?
Our API directory now includes 307 mobile APIs. The newest is the Mobilepax API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the foursquare API. We list 81 foursquare mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of mobile APIs.
Layar, the World’s leading mobile augmented reality platform, had thrown open the Layar Creation Challenge this August. Developers were asked to use the Layar Vision API to create their own layers on top of the Layar Browser and provide new experiences that merged the physical world with the digital world. The results are out and the winners were able to successfully demonstrate not just viewing additional content but also being able to translate that to commerce. The entries were invited in 4 categories: Magazines, Books, Self Publishing and Anything Goes. The prize money totalled $55K with $15K, $10K and $5K for the top 3 winners.
Augmented Reality has made a lot of progress in the last few years. Companies have pushed the envelope to bring us experiences that we thought existed only in fiction. If AR interests you and you have the skills to implement a unique experience that brings together the physical and digital worlds, then check out the the Layar API and consider entering its contest to showcase your experience to millions of users across the world.
This past week 19 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 35 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Cohuman, Enthusem, GamesRadar, Kynetx, Layar, RealtyBaron Answers, TripIt, Twick.it and Vast. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Oodle and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Internet (5 APIs, 5 mashups), Search (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Social (4 APIs, 10 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
With roughly one-third of our entire mashup directory composed of mapping mashups, we’ve come to expect a lot if a site plans to use a map. That said, we’re still big fans of maps and are always excited to see something new. Each of the mashups below brought something new, whether it’s interaction, data, visualization–or all three.
This week we had 7 new APIs added to our API directory. They range from 2 different payment APIs (mobile and recurring), one that lets online web forms that output PDF files, another API lets you control phone calls in the cloud, one lets you dynamically update mobile augmented reality apps, and there’s an SMS API that also features an email to SMS gateway. More on each of these new API listings below.