ProgrammableWeb's Most Interesting APIs in 2016: Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Education

We continue our look at some of 2016's most interesting APIs by looking at those from Music, Movies, Sports, TV, Games, Education, Astronomy, Food, and other Entertainment and Learning subjects.

NASA has expanded their API portal this year to include several APIs for astronomy and earth related data. The two most popular NASA APIs in our directory are the Mars Rover APITrack this API, which returns images from the Rover, and the NASA Earth APITrack this API, which is s powered by the Google Earth Engine and consists of a database of images from Landsat 8. Landsat 8 is NASA satellite that takes images of the entire Earth every 16 days. Users can query the image database with the API.

Roanuz Cricket APITrack this API allows users to get live scores, plus player, team and match statstics from various leagues including International (ICC), Indian Premier League (IPL T20), Big Bash League and more.

SuredBits is a blockchain technology service that allows for payment sports data via Bitcoin. SuredBits APITrack this API allows users to query data for the NFL and NBA. Data provided includes teams, players, games, scores, and statistics.

Kanye REST APITrack this API is a RESTful integration for all things related to Kanye West. It can be used to obtain information about an album, information about a specific song (including lyrics), or to count a word used in every song written by Kanye West. This API uses JSON data format, and machine learning to incorporate a variety of projects.

The Ice And Fire APITrack this API allows access of quantified and structured data from the universe of A Song of Ice and Fire, which is a series of epic fantasy novels by American novelist George R. R. Martin, and also the basis for HBO series Game of Thrones. We also have a Swift and two Node.js SDKs in our directory for use with this API. A few other APIs pertaining to the show appeared in 2016 including the Game of Thrones Quotes APITrack this API, and the Dothraki Translation APITrack this API.

API for Dothraki translation

Dothraki Translator API is available in case you meet up with this group Image Credit: HBO

Classrooms become interactive with ARSnova audience response learning technology. ARSnova APITrack this API allows developers to programmatically interact with the language management system that allows mobile audience response between instructors and students. ARSnova is an open source project of the TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences, funded by the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art.

One feature of ARSnova is students can send feedback to instructors

One feature of ARSnova is students can send feedback to instructors Image Credit: ARSnova

Days of the Year service provides a calendar to browse weird, funny, wonderful, and bizarre holidays celebrated around the world and an APITrack this API to integrate daily, weekly, and monthly happenings in JSON & CSV formats.

Foodpairing is a tool for cooks and bartenders to discover suitable food and flavor pairings. This JSON based APITrack this API allows users to compare food experiences including menu, ingredients and beverage descriptions, categorization, nutrition, origin, season, cuisine and more.

Match up foods and drinks with Foodpairing API

Foodpairing analyzes aroma and other machine learning data to create algorithms calculating how well foods & drinks match Image Credit: Foodpairing

The Niland APITrack this API utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and audio processing capabilities to classify music titles and recognize related tracks. The API automatically generates search results and classification data using audio signals that it detects in music compositions. The API allows developers to create AI powered music applications.

Niland music classification API demonstration

Demonstration of music classification results from a sample of the Star Wars soundtrack Image Credit: Niland.io

Bttn is a hand-size physical button powered by AA batteries that can be programmed to perform certain tasks. Use the Bttn REST API to program a "press" to trigger Web events, initiate purchases, augment work environments, and more. The Bttn API is listed under the Internet of Things category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Internet of Things APIs.

Bttn API and device provides a simple interface for the Internet of Things

Bt.tn API and device provides a simple interface for the Internet of Things Image Credit: Bt.tn

Dopamine is user engagement and retention platform for developers of games and other applications. The technology helps identify when a user is likely to need reinforcement when using an app. Developers can add Dopamine to applications via the Dopamine Reinforcement APITrack this API.

See how the Dopamine API can be used in iOS Image Credit: YouTube/Dopamine Labs

Stormancer is a game development platform that focuses on multiplayer support, features automation, release management, server scripting, Raknet support, and scalability. Stormancer API is used to automate tasks related to a user's applications.

Other popular games APIs released this year include tournamentTrack this API and leagueTrack this API APIs for Riot Games, Discord APITrack this API for adding text chat to video games, and of course, a smattering of unofficial Pokémon Go related APIs and SDKsTrack this APITrack this API.

The Auroras.live APITrack this API allows developers to obtain aurora hunting information and access extensive aurora data archives. It's also the system used by the auroras.live website, Pebble watch app and other mobile applications. Developers can use the API to retrieve current space weather conditions, weather, skycams,satellite images, charts, graphs and archived information from the past 15 years.

Joy Culbertson Joy Culbertson is a Content Producer, Writer, and Community Officer for ProgrammableWeb. She has been producing web content in the business technology sector since 2001. When she's not tweeting about APIs she enjoys watching baseball and exploring new places.

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