Today, we’re very happy to launch OpenTok support for WebRTC through an early-access build generally available to our developer community. While WebRTC is still a ways away from being ready for end users, last week Google took a big step forward towards their vision of what WebRTC could be with their stable release of Chrome 21. That makes this an opportune time to show you what we’ve been working on behind the scenes.
There is a laundry list of reasons why folks don’t squeeze in a little physical activity: they’re tired, they can’t afford a gym membership, they are allergic to sweat or there is a new episode of Real Housewives from who-knows-where on after work….what? That’s not normal?
Every time someone skips a workout, it gets easier not to exercise the next day. That’s where our newest App of the Week, Wello, comes into the picture. Their vision is simple: they want to make getting and staying healthy easier. They aim to make that vision a reality by offering on-demand video training sessions powered by OpenTok anytime, and anywhere.
Over the past weekend, July 28-29, we sponsored Hack for Change. How can you use technology to help and improve the lives of the people around you? Or better yet, how can you use video technology to make a change?
On the beautiful saturday morning, Change.org opened their Headquarters to developers, designers, and hustlers with a common goal: to build something over the weekend that can help improve the community. In the spacious office with an unlimited supply of snacks, food, energy drinks, beer, and soft drinks, hackers comfortably mingled and got to know each other.
Today we’re taking real time video on mobile by storm with the launch of our PhoneGap plugin. Don’t want to code in a statically typed language (Objective-C)? We got your back.
For a long time we’ve provided a video chat API for web apps and we’ve seen interesting applications. Remote photo-booth, online collaboration, consultation apps, you name it!
It’s time to take control of your work. Ever notice yourself doing repetitive tasks and wished there was a way to automate? Wish there was an easier way to communicate and collaborate with co-workers?
Let’s do something about it.
On August 11, there will be a hackathon. In two days, you can be the change you wish to see in your workplace by putting together a mobile or web application that your users can use to increase their productivity and happiness at work.
Come in with your computer and your ideas, and learn how technology can help you accomplish your tasks. There will be representatives from different companies to help you and give you prizes for your efforts to improve the workplace.
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.
Aurelio Tinio wins TokBox’s prize (PlayStation 3) for the best use of OpenTok API. He integrated Video Chat into straymapper.com, so that pet owners who lost pets can ‘Call in’ to the animal shelter to see if his/her pet has been found! OpenTok integration in Stray Mapper is still in development and waiting for Approval.
ioHack was held with Google Technology User’s Group (GTUG) at Mashery office in San Francisco. It was a great turnout, had around 80 cool developers who built awesome applications.
Last month, we did some research to understand what drives video chat use. Check out the whole report here — highlights below:
- 44% of respondents have used video chat before, most of which use Skype (82%)
- 75% would be interested in online medical/therapy services over video, if offered
- 56% would be likely to take a class with video chat
- 1 in 10 work remotely as a direct result of being able to video chat with colleagues
- Women are 2x more interested than men in asking for assistance via video chat while shopping online
- 47% would video chat with others while watching online TV shows together
- Only 7% would use it to chat with people they don’t know
At TokBox we can almost feel the excitement that developers are feeling for this year’s Google I/O conference, afterall our office is just a few blocks away from the Moscone Center. This afternoon we got to see Google tell developers about their Hangouts Platform and we were pretty excited to see what they had to offer.
It’s no secret that OpenTok and Hangouts share a lot of the same functionality, but we thought it would be really helpful for developers in our community if we pointed out some place where they differ. Afterall, for developers it should always be about using the best tool for the job.