For as long as people have been grabbing a board and trying to catch some waves, attempting to predict surf quality has been considered an art. Spitcast is trying to turn the art of prediction into the science of surf. Jack Mullis, the founder and developer of Spitcast, has been surfing for years. In 2005 he decided to combine his knowledge of surfing with his degree in Engineering Physics and create a unique algorithm that can predict future surf conditions by using Java and MySQL to cross reference NOAA regional weather data with observations at specific surf spots. This process has been shown to produce predictions accurate to 1 foot standard deviation. With the Spitcast API, this data can be transformed into custom applications.
Netatmo, a smart home company, last week announced its ecosystem for third party developers. With Netatmo Connect, developers, product managers and marketing professionals can create relationships between their products, services or apps and Netatmo devices.
Fwix, the local information provider, has released its Fwix Location API at this week's Where 2.0 conference. But the company isn't looking to become just another source of location data in developers' toolboxes. Fwix founder Darian Shirazi explained to us that he hopes to "establish [Fwix] as the underlying platform for geodata" by providing rich, high-quality place information that meets a broad range of developer needs.