FullContact has announced the CardShark API. The CardShark API allows users to "to send images of business cards to FullContact, and...receive back a response containing transcribed structured contact data." The advantage the API method of optical character recognition over competitors lies in the ability to send contacts to devices and applications beyond the device that captured the initial picture.
Amazon has introduced a Door Lock API that allows internet-connected lock providers to enable their locks to lock and eventually unlock doors with Amazon Alexa. The Door Lock API is part of Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit, a collection of APIs and tools that developers can use to add skills to Alexa.
We are currently at an intersection where the devices that we will work with will not necessary have an interface or buttons to click. One of the natural ways that we can interact with these devices is via voice. And one of the winners in the consumer device market in this segment is the Amazon