Recently, my colleagues and I were in Las Vegas sponsoring HackHLTH at the inaugural HLTH conference on the future of healthcare The hackathon was geared towards building health tech solutions that would improve the health industry and create a more robust ecosystem. In little more than 24 hours there were over 80 projects from over 250 participants.
Many of those projects took advantage of the OpenTok platform to include live video in their apps. It’s a testament to the great work of the TokBox engineering team that it’s so quick and easy to get live video up and running. I was proud to see teams build such a variety of solutions in such a short space of time.
You already know that TokBox makes coding live video easy, but we want to help you with the next step: to choose the best programs and tools for designing a solid UI and UX. The right tools can and will save you time and money.
On the TokBox Design Team, we work to craft the best experiences for all kinds of video apps. After many tests, from the planning stage to the handing over of assets, we have chosen these as our essential tools for designing a live video app.
In our monthly post, catch up on all the live video news. Check out the features now available for the OpenTok platform, find out where we’re going to be popping up at an event near you and keep on top of everything that’s happening in the industry.
It’s your monthly live video news round up!
When we undertook our Global Social Video Study last year we were surprised to find that we had users on the OpenTok platform from over 150 countries. There was even an instance of a live video chat involving users from 13 countries at the same time! The OpenTok platform provides global reach but there are times when compliance dictates that media traffic be restricted or geo-fenced to a specific region or country. To support the finer level of control required we are delighted to introduce our latest advanced security feature – Regional Media Zones.
We’ve written before about the possibilities available via live video to improve access to vital health services. While we see a lot of adoption in large hospital chains, telehealth for private practice presents an important opportunity to increase access to a whole range of health and wellness services.
Existing software providers know that telehealth is coming. More and more are adapting their platforms to react to the demand of their customers: doctors, therapists, dietitians and more.
Today, we’re excited to bring support for 720p HD to our Recording and Live Streaming features. With this release, our APIs will provide developers an option to record OpenTok and live stream OpenTok sessions in high definition, and as a result create more engaging live video experiences.
Live video sessions on OpenTok already support 720p, but until today, customers could only record and live stream at 480p. With a growing number of education, webinar and media and entertainment customers, demand to support HD resolution for recording and live streaming has been gaining momentum and we are pleased to finally make this available for our customers.
By now, I’m sure that you’ve heard of the General Data Protection Regulation, more commonly known as GDPR. This regulation from the EU is overhauling the requirements for businesses who collect, process and transfer the personal data of EU citizens.
Ahead of the upcoming May 25th deadline, we’re excited to announce that TokBox is GDPR compliant.
Last week, we released OpenTok v2.14, the latest version of our Client SDKs. We wanted to update you on some of the great new features included and how you can use them.
With the Frame Metadata API, cycleVideo and facingMode APIs and other features, there is plenty to make it even easier for you to build great live video apps on OpenTok.
Outside of big cities, doctor’s practices deal with the challenge of long distances and disperse populations every day. The OnCall team know the situation well. They had built a successful brick & mortar practice in Chandler, Arizona.
Patients were willing to drive long distances to see their preferred doctors – sometimes up to 3 hours, every month. So as video technology improved, the team seized the opportunity to redefine the way those patients could communicate with their doctors.
Late last week, Microsoft released the April Update for Windows 10. This update contains the latest version of the Edge browser, Edge 17. We are happy to announce beta support for the Edge browser across our live video platform. All the great features of the OpenTok platform are now available in beta with Microsoft Edge!
We have been tracking the progress of Edge over the last 12 months, testing the Windows Insider builds, and providing feedback to Microsoft. We were delighted when Microsoft introduced support for the WebRTC 1.0 APIs in the 2017 Spring release and we applaud them for the improvements they have made since then.