Mashups using the same API (571)
At the The Next Web Hackathon in Amsterdam, developers played with a lot of new APIs. One that caught our attention is the Gbanga Puppetmaster API. Gbanga is a location-aware gaming platform, intended for use with games where walking around within the real world matter. It's released one game, Gbanga Famiglia, a mobile phone-based app using a theme of mafia families taking over areas and finding loot. Much more exciting, however, is its API, which allows for quests within Famiglia, and other, separate location-based games.
If there is a segment that is ripe for integration it is travel. APIs in the travel segment have been around for a very long time. In fact, some of the earliest APIs are based on Electronic Data Interchange, which dates back to the 1960s. Granted many of these connections are highly complex enterprise only integrations, it is a history that should bode well for modern day integrations, should it not? Despite a long history of interconnectedness, much of the travel space still remains behind closed doors. The major global distribution systems, represented by Sabre, Travelport, and Amadeus all offer powerful APIs of their own, but their commercial requirements tend to be out of the league of most application developers. In spite of the limitations the travel industry has effectively self imposed, there still exists many opportunities to monetize sites using travel APIs. There are several types of APIs available in the travel space. Most are transactional and some are content driven. Let's take a look a broad categorization of available travel APIs.
Take a look at our API directory and you will quickly note that the Google Maps API continues to reign as the most popular API used for mashups. As the API continues to gain momentum, several new utilities have emerged to improve the user experience (or UX as it has come to be known).
||The OpenStreetMap TagFinder API is a RESTful HTTP API that provides users access to the underlying data on the OpenStreetMap wiki. Users can integrate TagFinder data in their webpage or application...||Classification||01.12.2016|
||Mapme API is a RESTful builder tool for maps. Mounted as a service on Google Maps API, Mapme facilitates easy creation and customization of content on maps. Mapme maps can include layers, tags,...||Mapping||12.31.2015|
Baron Velocity Weather
||The Velocity Weather API allows developers to incorporate the Baron Weather service into their applications. Data products in the API fall into two categories – Text and Graphical products. Text...||Weather||12.17.2015|
London Theatre Direct
||The London Theatre Direct API allows developers to access its booking system, which includes availability information, pricing information, and full booking for major venues in places such as London...||Entertainment||12.16.2015|
||Motion Shadow is a system of wearable flexible fabric with embedded sensors that is used to digitally capture motion. The Motion Shadow API allows to integrate 3D motion in real time with wearables,...||Motion||12.14.2015|