Key benefits: - Connect your app to just one photo source account instead of many various photo sources; - Includes the most popular social media and cloud storage sources such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Photos, Amazon CloudDrive, Microsoft OneDrive… - No need to maintain API connectivity with ever changing sources; - All photos are streamed from original sources, not copied; - Compatibility with an ever growing number of mobile apps and web services; - Easy and fast plug-and-play implementation to immediately give your users a rich photo access experience right within your app or web service leading to increased user engagement; - Reduced user churn and application drop off. Users don’t leave your app to get their pictures from Instagram or Flickr anymore; - Totally free to you and your users!
Ocutag, a division of Ricoh Innovations, aims to help apps deliver content to users taking photos. Their aim is to herald a new model of retail. App designers upload images and tag them with information. When users snap pics of the same thing in reality, information can be delivered through the app, such as that appearing in the graphic of the scarf below: where to buy it, details about it, local stores that carry it. What information is delivered is up to the company with the app. The company provides the Ocutag API for integration.
Along with the rapid growth of video APIs, the marketplace of photo-related APIs continues to expand rapidly. Since we looked at 36 Photo APIs earlier this year, we've added nearly a dozen new ones, and there are now 47 APIs tagged "photo" in our web service directory.
OpenID holds much promise as a means of supporting a single digital identity that can be used across the Internet. Currently there are several types of OpenID identity providers out there, and several of the major players on the web, including AOL, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo!, have committed to become OpenID providers as well. While there is some concern about the 'Balkanization' of OpenID by these service providers (essentially the concern is over the fact that service providers will only provide OpenIDs and subsequently they will not become consumers of OpenIDs from other providers), the positive side of this adoption is that hundreds of millions of existing user accounts can now be used as OpenIDs.