Web app automation service Zapier allows users to define custom Zaps that link apps to build automated workflows of digital tasks. In this article, co-founder and CTO Bryan Helmig discusses the finer points of the platform’s architecture and how it handles over 60m API calls every day.
From lights and switches to people and cars, SmartThings aims at communicating with everyday devices through a smartphone. With the availability of the SmartThings API, developers can add similar functionality with third party applications to create a more automated world. Although SmartThings strongly believes in the power of smart and mobile devices, it believes the inherent intelligence of smart devices will remain limited. Accordingly, SmartThings exists to transfer the “intelligence” of such devices to the application layer, and away from the physical device itself.