Update: March 13, 2014 – Please note that this blog post references the archiving functionality in our OpenTok 1.0 platform. This feature is no longer being supported. Learn more about archiving using our OpenTok 2.0 platform.
It’s a big day here at TokBox. We’re launching the public beta of two related products: archiving in the OpenTok API and the TokBooth plug-n-play app for recording video messages. As product manager of the OpenTok platform, it’s a huge deal for me. I’m incredibly proud of our team for pulling it off.
Why? I know from personal experience that this has been the #1 most requested feature from our developers and end-users. When I started at TokBox as an engineer fresh out of school, lots of people were asking to record their video chats. When we repositioned the company around the OpenTok API, even more people started asking about archiving live video conversations. And now we’re making that possible.
This past week Pasha from PuppetSmith.com wanted to create a simple way for the admins on his site to publish a stream and have all non-admins as viewers. You could certainly build this functionality yourself with the full API, but it would be nice to have a quick solution for this common scenario.
You can visit the GitHub repo for the plug-in here.
Here is a sample implementation in PHP that generates a token, passes it down to the widget, then initializes.
Thank you to all the developers who submitted applications for the OpenTok TechCrunch contest. There were 13 applications in total, and they were all fantastic. Everybody should be proud of what they created.
With that said, congratulations Kyle Powers on his winning entry Slides.io!
Slides.io uses OpenTok to create and broadcast presentations online. Here’s Slides.io in Kyle’s own words:
Slides.io is a web application for creating modern presentations. Presentations aren’t just a deck of slides anymore, and Slides.io understands this.
Presenters distribute a URL to the presentation, which includes live chat and video streaming provided by TokBox. Video archiving is forthcoming.
Last weekend we hosted HAPI Hack Weekend at our office in San Francisco. Over 40 talented hackers made it out to show off their skills and win prizes by hacking on 11 different APIs.
Here are the applications that were built using OpenTok:
Guest Post written by Gizem Orbey, Development and Operations @Rapleaf
Last summer, now full-time Rapleafer Alex P. was but an intern with a dream. He wanted to keep working on Rapleaf projects when he returned to school in the fall. But how could he make his presence felt in the office while he was away?
By robot, of course. Alex built a prototype robot avatar using Legos, Arduino and a disassembled remote-control car. A couple of months ago, the project was advanced using the iRobot platform. An improved Version 2.0 featuring TokBox was built during Rapleaf’s quarterly hack-a-thon Hackleaf last week, when Emma and Steve from the engineering and biz ops teams joined forces with Alex to add some final touches. Here’s how they did it:
TriviaTok is a game show app designed and built by TokBox superintern, Ezra Velazquez.
How It Works:
Game is about to begin!
When the host clicks “Next Player”, a user in the audience is randomly selected and goes on screen to video chat with the host. The rest of the audience gets to watch. “Next Question” kicks off the game. The player can pick the right (or wrong) answer – or get help:
- PHONE lets you call a friend (Twilio Client)
- CROWD lets you tweet for help (Twitter API)
- 50/50 eliminates two wrong answers (Ezra’s skillz)
Next weekend is our second HAPI Hack Weekend at our office in San Francisco and we’re excited to have a bunch of interesting APIs there to hack with. One API that I’m particularly excited about is Face.com, which gives developers a set of methods for easy face recognition.
I created a simple app to introduce the basics of using OpenTok with Face.com:
It’s hard to tell when it’s summer in San Francisco, but here at TokBox you know it’s summer when everyone’s a-video chatting. This July, lots of new OpenTok developers decided to dip their toes in the warm, inviting pool of group video chat. (not sure why…) Here are some of our favorite examples:
Group/Social Video Chat
Friend Cameo: Voice, video calling and video mail on Facebook
SocialHangouts: G+ Hangouts meets FB Video Calling with multi-user video chat
Tanglr.TV: Group co-viewing of online live events
EpicMafia: Online Mafia game – with video to look ’em in the eyes
Want to prove you’ve built the coolest OpenTok application? Think you have what it takes to demo to the most influential people in Silicon Valley?
Here’s a chance for you to prove it here in person in San Francisco! Just build the most compelling OpenTok app and you’ll win a place in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco this September. To make the prize even sweeter, we’ll pay up to $2000 in travel expenses!
As a Startup Alley participant, you’re eligible for audience voting to participate in TechCrunch’s premiere startup competition, Startup Battlefield. If you win the “Audience Choice” award, you will earn a slot to present your product on stage during Startup Battlefield in front of an all-star panel consisting of the biggest innovators, angels, VCs and influencers in the Tech community on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011. Winner must meet Startup Alley criteria; for more details, please visit this page.
If Startup Weekend is entrepreneurship on training wheels, then we sure could use an event that’s one step more advanced. Once you understand the dynamics of choosing a team, the compromises involved in pivoting, and the pitfalls of not validating customers, there should be a place to dig deeper into your startup idea – execute, period. I’m glad to say this weekend I found that next step.
S.P.A.R.K Chicago kicked off last Friday like any other Startup Weekend, except these entrepreneurs were hungry. They knew that not only would they be judged on launching a startup in 54 hours, but the top three teams would move forward for another three days to find one ultimate winner. The stakes were high because the competition was steeper and the prizes were money. But what I saw motivating these teams was that coming out on top of this unique event would be something memorable (okay fine, the prizes valued at over $100k were part of it too).
Allow me to introduce you to some of the teams.