October 29, 2018
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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.
Hard on the heels of a recent move to make its Watson supercomputer a service that developers can invoke via RESTful APIs, IBM is now making $100 million available to help developers build cognitive computing applications that can run on top of Watson.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Payments, Electronic Signatures, and Air Travel. Highlights include APIs for Harvest project management and time tracking software and Barcodable barcode lookup service. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.