Thursday, April 28, 2016

Integration with AerisWeather

We're delighted to announce integration with AerisWeather and the WhirlyGlobe-Maply mobile toolkit.

Florida: A reliable source of interesting weather

AerisWeather makes a variety of weather related products, like radar and satellite overlays.  We've done some simple integration to make those easier to use.

A Little Background

If you're coming from the AerisWeather site, you probably don't know who we (mousebird consulting inc) are.  We do high performance mobile data display.
Globe & Map

We make the WhirlyGlobe-Maply open source geospatial toolkit for iOS and Android.  It's a mobile first SDK used in a variety of weather, aerospace, map, and education apps.  It's easy to integrate, free to use, and imposes no extra costs on your app.

What We Did with AerisWeather

Our toolkit already supported a wide variety of weather and aviation apps so there was nothing difficult to add.  We just made it easier to fetch AerisWeather data layers.

There are a few new MaplyAeris objects in the toolkit.  These take your AerisWeather key, interrogate the available layers and set up the necessary WG-Maply objects.

There's a nice tutorial for iOS, so go check that out.  Ideally, use your own AerisWeather key.  Ours is just the boring demo account.

What's Next?

Our technology is used in some really ambitious weather apps.  We'd love to move a few of those techniques over to a broader base.

AerisWeater Weather Satellite Layer

AerisWeather layers are nice, but they're pure visual, like you'd use in a web browser.  Mobile devices are smarter and we know how to feed them better data.

So here's the deal.  If you're an AerisWeather user on mobile we've made it easier to use those layers in our toolkit.  That's great, but if you'd like to make it faster, smaller, and prettier, let's see what we can do together.