The VIRB Network Services API gives you freedom to develop applications to discover, control, configure, stream and access media over Wi-Fi.
Discover — Using mDNS you can discover the cameras connected to the network¹.
Control & Configure — Using the JSON over HTTP protocol you can:
Stream — You can view and listen the live streams of video and audio while in preview and recording² using RTSP/RTP protocols.
Access Media — You can download video or photos using HTTP.
In other words, you have freedom to use your camera any way you want without touching it.
¹Only certain camera models.
²Only in supported video modes.