From lights and switches to people and cars, SmartThings aims at communicating with everyday devices through a smartphone. With the availability of the SmartThings API, developers can add similar functionality with third party applications to create a more automated world. Although SmartThings strongly believes in the power of smart and mobile devices, it believes the inherent intelligence of smart devices will remain limited. Accordingly, SmartThings exists to transfer the “intelligence” of such devices to the application layer, and away from the physical device itself.
Firebase, real-time backend for web application development, originally launched a little over a year ago. Since its launch, Firebase has remained in beta while it continued to improve its service and build a customer base. Over the past year, Firebase has added features, functionality, and thousands of customers. Accordingly, Firebase has announced it is leaving its beta stages behind and publically launching as a full-fledged paid product.
Very little has been happening on the GM API front lately beyond plans for connected cars announced in January. But that quiet period could signal the retooling before the storm. Programmableweb’s Janet Wagner wrote a three-part series earlier in June, making it clear that changes are coming from every auto manufacturer. One indication: our API directory lists 17 APIs under “vehicle.” The GM APIs cover features everyone would expect, from audio streaming to location data. But GM’s plans extend far beyond that.
Clickslide makes a head-turning claim: its Abacus is the “First operating system for IoT”, the Internet of Things. Then there’s another show stopper: no coding required.
In this final part of a 3 part interview series, Steve Willmott, CEO of 3scale, an Apigee competitor, gives his take on the API space and what Apigee’s $35 million round of funding signals. This follows part 1, Interview with Apigee CEO Chet Kapoor on its $35 Million Funding Round, and part 2, Interview with Promod Haque, Norwest Venture Partners: Apigee, the API Economy and “Sticky Infrastructure”. As noted previously, some questions overlap intentionally, in order to get different views on an issue.
The Sensetonic WoTkit (Web of Things kit) API enables developers to integrate its “WoTkit” sensing platform used to connect objects to the Internet. The idea extends to engaging “end users as ‘participatory sensors’, allowing our customers to offer new and revolutionary services.” Sensetecnic’s API joins a handful of at least 6 APIs related to the internet of things in our API directory.
A new wave of business support services is emerging from API management platforms. Leading platforms are increasingly focused on offering services that help businesses develop and monetize their API products and services. New services are focused on offering a flexible platform that allows companies to experiment with various business models as they test the income-generating potential of their new API-based services and products.
How will you communicate with you customers during downtime? Where will they go to find information and subscribe to updates? You could build your own status page, or you could use one already dedicated to transparency and communication so you could stay focused on your primary business. The StatusPage API monitors downtime and incidents, displays performance metrics, provides notification tools, and is joined by just one other somewhat similar API in our directory.
Throwing hardware at performance issues is a time honored tradition among developers. In most recent times, the type of hardware being thrown at those problems is Flash memory that comes in a wide variety of formats. The challenge, of course, is that most existing applications were written for magnetic storage. To take advantage of Flash storage developers frequently have to rework their applications.
Hardly days ago I was moaning about how we will never get to the Internet of things (IoT). Electric imp seems out to mock my moan. The electric imp API pairs with its hardware. The hardware can be installed in an electronic device, with the example given of a weight scale. The hardware delivers a seamless wifi experience and then through the API links up the data to cloud services, presumably destined through an app for an Android, iOS or other OS device. The API itself is still in beta.