November 5, 2019
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If things are moving so fast, why haven't we caught up yet? Why can't my stove automatically set a timer for 10 minutes every time I turn a burner on--and why can't I receive that alarm on my iPhone while I'm upstairs, in time to rush back down and save dinner? I'm thrilled that the Nest thermostat is out there. But it is simultaneously cool while reminding us that this transition to the Internet of things (IoT) where everything is connected up is going to be a long slog. Okay, faster than chipping our way out of the Stone Age. Still.
Eleven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Internet of Things, Payments and Crowdsourcing. Highlights include an API that returns localized information such as city, currency, language and Risk Assessment Data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
The WebUSB API grants USB-connected devices direct access to web services. The draft API was recently published at WICG and the creators are open to feedback on GitHub. While the API is not a universal solution, it could have major implications for the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT).