First impressions are pretty key, right? Especially when it comes to dating. When meeting someone for the first time you have the opportunity to size each other up, say your bit; all while acting on your best and most charming behaviour. But what about meeting someone online? When you’re not actually in front of a person putting your best foot forward, all you have is a snapshot and written profile to work its magic for you. In this case, it’s probably a good idea to make sure that the photograph and profile are working in your favor. That’s where the Perfect Dating Profile API comes in.
Recognize.im recently announced that its image recognition API service has publicly launched. Until now, the Recognize.im API remained accessible on an invite only basis. Recognize.im hopes to tap into the quickly growing image recognition market and target mobile shopping apps and advertising campaigns. The platform recognizes real-world objects and redirects customers to take action after the customer takes a photo of the object with a smartphone.
Bigstock, a leading royalty-free stock photo marketplace and image community, has just announced the launch of a new API program. In addition, Bigstock has formed new partnerships with CafePress and Emma allowing both companies to make Bigstock images available to their users by integrating the Bigstock API with their platforms.
Skybiometry’s cloud-based face detection API serves as a drop-in replacement for face.com’s API. This REST-based API can be used in combination with almost any programming language, making it possible to integrate with any device that has internet connectivity.
How many companies that sprouted in 1724 can boast of an API launch in 2012? Pearson, now in its 288th year, has announced its 7th API. Pearson, continually finding value in the API method of market strategy, expanded its resources available via API with the dkimages API. The latest in Pearson’s API lineup consists of “an encyclopaedic collection of 90,000 high-resolution images, ready to [integrate, and range from] classic whilte background shots to in-situ images.” The API allows developers to integrate the collection with existing apps through purchasing, listing, viewing, or searching for images.
Something new sprang up in the Flickr App Garden last month: “This is my Cam!” by Chris Martin (the San Francisco-based hacker, not that guy from Coldplay). Inspired by music sharing site This Is My Jam and built during Photo Hack Day 3, “This is my Cam!” uses the Flickr API to catalog the different cameras that were used to capture a particular user’s photos.
Picplum launched its photo print sharing service just over one year ago. Now, Picplum wants to broaden its reach by providing the Picplum API to developers across the app world. Over the past year, Picplum has been questioned again and again:
APIs are not only critical when it comes to extending the digital reach of an organization; they can also provide tangible brick and mortar benefits as well. Walgreens, for example, recently announced that it has developed an API and software development kit that allows developers of mobile applications to include the ability to print out photos within their applications at any one of 7,907 Walgreens locations.
It’s been a little over two weeks since the latest Facebook API euthanasia which saw the Face.com API shuttered. Among those disappointed by the API shutdown were the founders of LambdaLabs, which quickly began work on an alternative, the LambdaLabs Face API. Though not as full-featured as the Face.com API, Lambda’s looks likely to stay online longer.