Skype, the VoIP king, has opened a beta for its software-development kit. It's called SkypeKit, and the idea is to make any gadget with an Internet connection capable of Skype video and voice calling.
The first version of the SDK is aimed at device manufacturers that want to stick calling capability into their gadgets. We're hoping that it will kick-start Skype for Skype Lite is no longer available in the Android Market, leaving the only ones with access to Skype on Android. But it could also lead to Skype appearing in unexpected places such as sat-navs, TVs and in-car computers.phones, since
SkypeKit will later be extended to target software developers who want to add Skype features to their applications and Web sites.
Skype's put a few public APIs out there already, but they're for connecting accessories like headsets and webcams to the Skype client on your desktop PC. The new SDK works without a Skype desktop application, so the calling function can be integrated more deeply into a device.
If you're the coding kind and you're keen to get started, you can apply for an invite to the SkypeKit beta on the Skype Web site from today.