You are a major brand wanting to advertise. Do you: A) hire an advertising agency and pay big bucks for photo shoots, or B) crowdsource images from your fan base for free? The Olapic API integrates answer B into other apps.
Recently launched, Everlapse, is a free iOS app for sharing images and slideshows. Communicating with images is already a winning formula in the world of social networking, but Everlapse makes it a little more interesting by providing something that is a bit more stimulating than just static photos, but not quite as complicated as videos. In a nutshell, it allows users to create and contribute to clips which are made up of various photos and displayed as a slideshow. By providing the Everlapse API, the company also makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
For those who like to dabble with a bit of photo editing but aren’t really inclined to pursue more advanced and sophisticated tools like Photoshop, an online photo ending tool like Ribbet may be just what they’re looking for. This app may not give you the most groundbreaking features when it comes to cutting edge image editing, but it certainly has appealing functions that are easy to use and easy to access online, allowing users to get really creative with their photos. What’s also cool is that developers can integrate this photo editor into their websites, using the Ribbet API.
Ocutag, a division of Ricoh Innovations, aims to help apps deliver content to users taking photos. Their aim is to herald a new model of retail. App designers upload images and tag them with information. When users snap pics of the same thing in reality, information can be delivered through the app, such as that appearing in the graphic of the scarf below: where to buy it, details about it, local stores that carry it. What information is delivered is up to the company with the app. The company provides the Ocutag API for integration.
Animetrics, a leading developer of 2D to 3D face recognition and face creation solutions, provides the Animetrics Face Recognition that can be used to detect human faces in pictures and match them against a set of known or documented faces. This tool is specifically useful for applications for the fashion and online entertainment industries, or for law enforcement or military intelligence where accurate identity resolution is a necessity.
Khronos Group, open standards consortium behind some of today’s most innovative technologies, has announced a new initiative to develop an open, royalty-free API for advanced, low-level control of mobile and embedded cameras and sensors. Khronos created the Camera working group to develop the API and is currently recruiting participants. All participants may contribute to the standard and the group will collaborate with other working groups to enhance its effectiveness.
The sharing of thousands of online images is a big part of daily social media interaction. Even with the accompanying comments enhanced by expressive punctuation or clever emoticons, however, nothing beats an actual spoken response for an accurate representation of how a person has really responded to an image or what they really think about that image. SayRoom makes this possible by allowing users to actually voice and share their recorded reactions. The service also provides the SayRoom API that allows developers to access these audio messages created by users.
What makes a trip to a restaurant a great experience is not just the fact that they serve delicious food and good wine, but it has a lot to do with the atmosphere and overall ‘vibe’ of the place. Of course, a ‘good vibe’ means different things to different people (some like it chilled and some like it loud and bustling), so imagine how cool it would be to be able to browse through dining options based on the exact atmosphere you’re looking for. That’s what Hoppit is all about; finding restaurants by atmosphere. Hoppit’s API provides access to this handy functionality.
For snap-happy smartphone and tablet users, having somewhere to store their treasured pics is probably very appealing. Photo books have been a trendy favourite for a while now, and Printzel is an app-powered platform that allows users to create their own printed photo books directly from their mobile and tablet devices. The company also provides the Printzel API that now makes it possible for developers to offer printed books from their own applications.
Photo Hack Day 4 erupts April 6th, and runs nonstop through the weekend. The first Photo hack Day brought together photographers, web designers, photo editors, and computer scientists for the first image-centric hackathon. Since the original 200 hackers threw together almost fifty mashups in a single weekend (two years ago), Photo Hack Day has blossomed in number, creativity, and excitement as it readies itself for a fourth rendition. Lead sponsors Aviary and Facebook look forward to “[a]nother full weekend of photo centric awesomeness.”