Putting our heads together for solutions for mental health

Co-authored by Manik Sachdeva, TokBox Developer Evangelist.

When we talk about health, it’s often physical health which is at the forefront of our plans. However, mental health is equally important, but often takes a back seat. It’s perhaps not surprising: mental health is not well understood by the general public. Unfortunately it can come with a big dose of stigma attached as a result.

To top it off, it can be difficult to find a professional to help overcome challenges. Even when you do have access to a qualified clinician, the cost can be prohibitive.

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OpenTok version 2.13: What’s new and how you can use it

opentok v2.13 new features

We recently released the latest version of our Client SDKs, v2.13.0 and I wanted to share some of the great new features that have gone out with this release.

Custom Media Streaming

With v2.13.0 of opentok.js we have added the ability to pass a custom audioSource and videoSource when you create a Publisher. The custom audio and video source are MediaStreamTrack objects. This enables quite a few different use cases that our customers have been asking for.

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New web sample apps for OpenTok in React, Angular 5 and Vue

react, angular 5, vue sample apps for webrtc

We get a lot of requests from our customers for examples of how to use OpenTok in their framework of choice. I’m here to tell you today that we are answering your pleas in 3 of the most popular Web frameworks out there: React, Angular 5 and Vue.js

You can find the new sample apps in our Web Samples Github Repository.

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Zenbag cruises to victory with OpenTok at CruzHacks

One of my favorite parts of being a developer evangelist is getting to meet fellow developers and share their journey to building awesome products. And there’s nowhere better to meet developers than a hackathon!

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend CruzHacks at my alma mater, the University of California Santa Cruz. It was great to be in a position where I could support an amazing event through sponsorship, mentoring, and judging.

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A flexible layout container for multiparty video chat

Flexible container for multiparty video chat webrtc

When anyone builds a multiparty video chat application they pretty quickly run into the issue of how to lay out the many different participants. You want everyone to be visible to everyone else and you also want video to take up as much space as possible, without wasted white-space. In the web you have the additional complexity of lots of different display sizes. Participants can be on a mobile device or tablet, or even just resizing their browser window so that they can see something else beside the video chat. For this reason you want a layout algorithm that is responsive.

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Chrome 63 kills the macOS WebRTC audio bug

MacOS webrtc audio bug

Our good friend Philipp Hancke wrote a great post recently on a WebRTC audio bug that has been plaguing Chrome on MacOS for the last few years. The issue presented itself as the microphone not working sometimes in Chrome on MacOS until you completely restart the machine. This seemed to happen after a Mac went to sleep and then woke up again.

The good news is that this is fixed with Chrome 63! Philipp put together a great chart showing the error rates in different versions of Chrome which clearly shows the drop off with Chrome 63.

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Real-time video streaming: Who Needs It and Why?

real-time video streaming with webrtc

Did you know that not all live video streaming is created equal? And the event that you thought you were watching “live” may actually have happened over a minute ago?

That’s because the most popular live video streaming protocols such as HLS and RTMP, whilst often described as “real time”, are subject to encoding, transmission and then decoding. Each of these processes introduces a delay before you get to feast your eyes and ears on the glorious content.

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Bridging Language Barriers: Connecting With Chinese Students on OpenTok

When I was a kid, the encyclopedia was the entry point for learning about any topic.

Now with Wikipedia, the world’s knowledge is available for anyone anywhere in the world with an internet connection. This is great for learning about a great many topics. But what about learning a new language where conversation practice is critical? And what if you want a native speaking tutor? Enter Education Technology (EdTech) live video solutions powered by the OpenTok global infrastructure.

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Connecting WebRTC endpoints and Telephony Systems with OpenTok SIP Interconnect

OpenTok SIP Interconnect Webrtc for telephony systems

As we continue to work towards enabling developers to reap the full potential of WebRTC, we wanted to demonstrate connecting a WebRTC audio stream with a PSTN user, using OpenTok SIP Interconnect and a third party SIP-PSTN Gateway.

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Accelerate App Development with Fast Tracks

When you sign up for a new platform, we know it can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be a challenge to know what information to seek out and simply how to quickly get started building your first project to become successful with the platform. At TokBox, we’ve received positive feedback on our developer documentation and resources, and we wanted to further streamline the development process with our platform to accelerate the path to production.

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