Application development today revolves around the use of APIs and the API economy.

The Web API economy is disrupting the way that organizations operate. Developers building on top of and leveraging what other developers have created to make something that they never could have done on their own. Instead of buying major products to use one small element, startups can put together their own solutions using all the different API resources available to them and make something truly specific to their needs. It’s an exciting development wonderland that enables innovation at every step of the way.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting APIs available that you can use in 2017 to make amazing applications.


Google Awareness API

In the summer of 2016, Google released the Awareness API that allows app developers to react to information like the users’ location and actions in new ways. With Fence and Snapshot APIs, Awareness is able to do things like alert people when they’re close to restaurants they’re interested in, suggest a music playlist for walking, provide a coupon when you’re inside a particular store, and more.

The possibilities for this kind of technology could change the way that people use mobile applications and enables developers to create experiences different from anything before them. Awareness API, if used well, promises to deliver to users the experience they’re looking for before they even ask for it. That’s an exciting prospect and one that many developers will try to take advantage of.

Click here to read more details about the Google Awareness API. »


Amazon Rekognition

The Amazon Rekognition API sets out to be an all-in-one image recognition service and does so quite well. The API features object, facial, and sentiment recognition all powered by Amazon’s deep-learning artificial intelligence technology.

This API enables developers to scan faces to verify identity by comparing them to reference photos, search an image for specific entities or landmarks, analyze emotions of store patrons via security cameras, and more. All of these features allow developers to focus on what really makes their application unique instead of worrying about creating the image recognition software.

To read more about the Amazon Rekognition API, click here. »


Craft.ai

Craft.ai is an AI engine for developers to use. Equipped with a visual coding language, developers can create services that adapt to each user’s needs in minutes. The service continues to learn and improve its behavior to suit each user.

Some of the possibilities for the application include turning on lights when people enter rooms and differentiating between light colors based on each person’s choices and preferences in the past. They have a demo on their website to demonstrate this. With this demo in mind, the possibilities for other applications to utilize this AI technology seems endless. The APIs also allow developers to incorporate information from the Craft.ai engine into anything else they use in their applications.

To read more about the Craft.ai API, click here. »


AnyChart

AnyChart is a cross-platform charting library that uses HTML5 and JavaScript. The charts are built in real-time and can react to clients changing parts of the data. Charts created can even be interactive.

AnyChart’s API provides developers with a massive toolbox of chart creation resources. Developers are able to take data and create beautiful charts for their users to view and interact with. The flexibility and customizability of these charts allows for extremely innovative uses and the ability to present data to users in new, interesting ways.

To read more about the AnyChart API, click here. »


Clearly, APIs are developing faster than ever before and are providing developers with a plethora of tools to create new, exciting applications. Being able to utilize these APIs in your own applications will be a huge factor in creating things that users actually want to use.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate APIs into your own applications is through integration platforms. Read about what to look for in an integration platform here. »