April 26, 2013
RhymeBrain is a service made to help writers, or anyone else for that matter, find rhymes for words, make new portmanteaus, and alliterate well. When writing with figurative language, or writing poems, such a tool can be very helpful for a writer who's currently stuck. It might also be helpful for such things as computer generated literature, but for that, you'd want a robust API with full access to the database. Well, you're in luck, because it does indeed exist.
Are you familiar with Challenge.gov? If not, let's take a second and catch you up on one of the most awesome things our government has decided to do. For the uninitiated, Challenge.gov is U.S. General Services Administration's effort to crowdsource some of our modern problems through contests and competitions. Think of it as a nation-wide science fair for developers. Pretty cool right?
ProgrammableWeb initially covered FoodEssentials in 2012 when its LabelAPI matched around 75% of scanned product labels from developer partners. Since then, its database has grown to include the lion's share of all products sold in the U.S. market. As FoodEssentials gets ready for another SXSW, ProgrammableWeb caught up with FoodEssentials’ Tyler Olsen to learn more about LabelAPI’s success, growth and future.