As we all know, the widespread adoption of tablets and smartphones has made it easier than ever to stay connected to family and friends, no matter where in the world they may be. Live video is the next best thing to being in the same room with loved ones, enabling a deeper connection than a phone call alone can provide.
However, one group that has been slow to adopt live video is the senior community. Not having grown up with the wide range of digital devices we use today, the complexity can be intimidating and overwhelming. Tiny controls and screens can be tricky for those with vision or mobility issues, and what should be an enjoyable experience can deteriorate into one that leaves seniors feeling frustrated and isolated.
Welcome back again to our monthly news wrap where we bring you the latest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.
In September’s issue of Real-Talk, Microsoft unveils its mixed reality app with video calling to provide field workers with remote assistance; brands are increasingly turning to interactive live video content to engage customers; telehealth providers go global; and banks are urged rethink in person customer experiences with interactive digital communications.
Europe has the highest smartphone penetration globally with 84% of the population on mobile. Enabled by internet speeds that race ahead of the world and highly competitive broadband prices, Europe has pioneered many live video communications applications.
From major financial institutions like RBS launching live video for wealth management, to Babylon Health bringing online doctor consultations to the UK, and customer experience innovators Unblu and InfoCert – businesses across Europe are using live video to transform user experiences. With the power to reduce fuel costs and carbon footprint, enhance education, plus improve patients’ lives, the rise of real-time video communications in Europe is a force for social good too.
Here is a closer look at some of the most innovative applications of live video in Europe:
In this blog we look at how to connect OpenTok Live Video sessions with traditional PSTN phone calls. We will demonstrate how to connect an OpenTok session to PSTN with an audio stream that connects through OpenTok SIP Interconnect to a Nexmo SIP-PSTN Gateway.
OpenTok SIP Interconnect is a general purpose SIP capability that can be used to connect to many different kinds of gateway or other SIP systems. TokBox is now part of Vonage, so in this blog we will use our own Nexmo programmable communications APIs to bridge the call.
In April, we announced updates to our pricing and packaging, which allows TokBox customers to have more flexibility with the ability to add-on features a la carte to their accounts. With this in mind, we’ve been hard at work over the past couple of months to make our entire user experience more flexible and allow users to have more control in configuring their OpenTok projects.
Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made several improvements to the Account Dashboard, which provides users with more self-service functionality. These updates will make it faster for users to configure their OpenTok projects and make quick changes, and to gather critical information on the add-ons they have access to.
Welcome back to Real-Talk, where each month we bring you the hottest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.
This month’s news was all about group video. WhatsApp rolled out 4 person video chat; Facebook introduced a feature that lets groups watch videos together; and Apple came up against the challenges of building multi-party video announcing delays to group FaceTime. In other developments, the combination of AR and live video is poised to transform communications across industries, and of course some big news of our own!
We look back at the last month at TokBox. Catch up on new features available for the OpenTok platform, find out where we’re going to be popping up at an event near you and check out the top content from the month.
It’s your monthly live video news round up!
Today I’m pleased to announce that TokBox has been acquired by Vonage, and will become part of Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform.
We’re incredibly excited and believe this is a great development for our video platform and the customers who use it. TokBox and Vonage share a vision of making businesses of all sizes and across all verticals more successful through the creation of engaging communications applications and experiences.
[UPDATED July 31] We’d like to welcome all WebRTC and TokBox API developers, wherever you are in the world, to our TokBox Live Video and AR Online Hackathon! How would you like the chance of winning a $600 prize for each of two top teams – plus OpenTok Developer credits and two second place prizes bringing total prize value to $2520. It’s up for grabs for the teams which create the best OpenTok Live Video apps of any kind, with a special prize for combining Augmented Reality and Live Video. Read on to find out how to get involved. Your app will be developed in your own time during August/September 2018 in teams of 1 to 3 people – with your app submitted online at DevPost by September 18th.
[UPDATED September 6] As you may know, Google recently announced the deprecation of inline installation of Chrome extensions in an effort to improve transparency and security. For end-users, this means that the process for installing screen sharing extensions will change from inline installation to installation from the Chrome Web Store. Below, you’ll find information on the deprecation timeline provided by the Chromium team: