The DOCOMO Character Recognition Java SDK can be utilized to integrate a Java application with the DOCOMO Character Recognition API, enabling English and Japanese character recognition. The API scans an image and returns specific coordinates of individual characters.
Kooaba offers image recognition through its Kooaba API, allowing you to compile metadata on objects in your photos. This can be used for product recognition and pricing, but could also be used to augment personal photo collections, which can be so large that they are nearly impossible to search by hand. There are tons of use cases for image recognition and this API should really open up the field and bring more applications to market.
Google has announced a large overhaul of its Cloud Speech-to-Text product (formerly the Google Cloud Speech API). Google Cloud Speech-to-Text now supports a selection of pre-built models, automatic punctuation, recognition metadata, and standard service level agreement (SLA).