Yesterday, the talented folks at Double Robotics rocked the stage at LeWeb in Paris. David Cann, Co-founder and CEO, demoed their telepresence robot, Double. The sleek Double combines Segway-style movement with video presence delivered through an iPad.
Leveraging OpenTok’s iOS SDK on WebRTC, Double enables owners to broadcast their video stream on the robot’s iPad from any location. Not only that, but the operator can stream and control its movements from a smartphone.
Cann demoed the Double’s original inspiration, which was to connect remote workers with their home offices. Calling his CTO back in Sunnyvale, Cann took their Double for a three a.m. spin around the office from Paris. Customers are also finding uses for Double for remote tours of factories, museums, schools, and retail outlets.
Today we’d like to introduce you to the lovely team over at TechChange. They provide online technology training for social change on topics including emergency management, digital organizing, and mobile phones for international development. They’ve been kind enough to write up a blog about their use of OpenTok that makes for an excellent read. Enjoy!
The Value of Real-Time Video: How OpenTok Has Improved Our Online Engagement
TokBox friends, today is your lucky day because we’re sending one deserving startup team to TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco to demo their OpenTok-powered goods between September 8-12, 2012.
Startup Alley, TC Disrupt’s demo area, is set aside just for newly launched startups. Participants get 2 tickets to the full conference and one complimentary day to demo your startup for a grand total of $0 (we’ll foot the $1,995 bill). The only requirements to apply to our contest?
- Your companies must be less than two years old
- You have raised less than $2 million dollars in funding
- Last but not least, your app must be powered by the OpenTok API
The E-learning industry is a-rockin’. Based on research done by LinkedIn between 2007 and 2011, E-learning clocked in as the 5th fastest growing industry, up 16%. So, how exactly is the E-learning stat relevant to TokBox? Over the past year, we’ve seen a slew of educational partners crop up, all of them leveraging our OpenTok API to teach face to face, online.
Today we’re introducing you to InstaEDU (Now Chegg Tutors), our newest App of the Week. InstaEDU lets students connect to tutors over live video chat at any hour of the day to get help on homework and prep for tests. Paying by the minute, students only have to pony up for exactly what they need.
The year’s biggest hackathon is going to kick off in T-24 hours. Do you think we would miss it? Not a chance! We’re looking forward to sponsoring TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hackathon and Conference (this time in NYC) for the third time. Perhaps we’ll see an OpenTok powered app take home the title. Third time’s the charm, right? RIGHT?
Since the last Disrupt Hackathon, more eyeballs have been on the video chat world than ever before. How so? For starters, Google+ Hangouts is gaining traction and pushing new features (hello “On Air”), folks are anxiously awaiting the launch of AirTime (what is it already?!?), and we’ve launched the first ever iOS SDK for video chat. Not to shabby video chat industry.
Communication between influencers and their fan bases are in a funk; a text-based, asynchronous funk. Yes, the likes of Quora and Twitter have made it easier than ever to “connect” with individuals not normally within reach, but it’s impersonal and not in real-time. Instant gratification is nice says the gen-y girl.
Google+ Hangouts and a few other services are starting to offer folks that instant gratification through live video chats; and influencers are taking note. The problem? Hangouts only supports ten people on-screen; pretty sure more than nine ladies wanted to ask David Beckham a question. Livestream offers a nearly unlimited audience size, but has a sad, lonely stage for one; perfect for Shiba Inu puppies however.
eHarmony Love Doctor, we know you have a foolproof matching formula. But there is something seriously missing from the magic equation that has worked pretty well since the dawn of time: the spark check. Photos, asynchronous messages and “winks” all have their place in the online dating scene, but our partner Date.fm is taking it one step further.
They realized that the real-world dating cues are totally lost in translation when you bring the experience online. Face-to-face interaction is important. Primarily to verify there is a spark, and secondarily to verify that their Prince Charming, who looks like Brad Pitt in his profile picture, doesn’t actually look more like Willem Dafoe. No offense to anyone who finds Willem Dafoe attractive.
Eleven long days came and went before we heard anything at TokBox headquarters. On Monday morning, an Apple employee delivered the good news. We were proud parents of an Apple approved iOS app, TokShow.
After months of anticipation, we could finally shout from our rooftop (or tweet/Facebook/Pin/Tumble) that TokBox had built an SDK for video conferencing in iOS apps. The very first of its kind, bringing “face-time” to everyone.
All proud parents brag about their kids. So with that in mind, there is no more fitting App of the Week than the TokShow iOS App. Now, anyone can enjoy live video talk shows from their iPhone, iTouch or iPad.
When the OpenTok API was first developed, the team wanted to find partners that appreciated the ‘out of the box’ offering. Why plunk a Brady Bunch style video chat on a website when you can customize it to best suit your design needs?
Over the past year we’ve been fortunate enough to find those rebel-rousers that are willing to mix it up and push the limits. One of our newest partners, MashMeTV has really taken our mantra of pushing the limits to…well…the limit. And for that, we dub them App of the Week.