Cameras, Microphones and the Dawn of AI

Cameras, microphones, AI and smartphones

Some 40,000 years ago, our distant ancestors were recording vivid images of the world they saw around them onto the walls of caves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and on the walls of El Castillo cave in northern Spain.

These paintings are believed to be the earliest works of art made by humans and they point to a long history of our need to record and communicate information in a visual manner – and of our ability to process and take meaning from these visual cues. Our brain has evolved to process these cues quickly and efficiently so that we can react and survive.

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Unlocking The Full Potential of Live Video with Safari 11

Safari 11 now available for OpenTok platform

Apple has started rolling out iOS 11 and macOS 10.13, and with these releases, developers can now start to build production ready applications for Safari on the OpenTok platform, as we announced in our last post in mid-September.

With support for Safari, we’re able to further the benefits of the OpenTok platform, focused on scale, reliability and quality, empowering developers drive creativity through communications.

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Safari 11 Support General Availability for OpenTok Platform

Safari for WebRTC general availability

 

In June, we announced our latest beta, OpenTok.js SDK 2.12. With that release, developers could start building beta projects that are compatible with Safari 11, kicking off WebRTC availability in Safari for the first time. This release was announced at the WWDC keynote back in June, when Apple indicated WebRTC support for iOS 11.

Today, in light of Apple’s event, we’re excited to announce that WebRTC support for Safari 11 is here. With the number of devices that run the Safari browser, this provides greater device reach for TokBox customers and introduces a whole new set of use cases for browser based video chat.  

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Welcome to the World of Social Video Chat

TokBox Global Social Video Chat Study

Who are the world’s biggest social video chatterboxes? What’s the record for the most people in a group video chat? And which region is staying up late into the night to use their video chat apps?

We’ve answered these questions and more through our Global Social Video Study. Social video chat apps have seen explosive growth in the last few years (see Facebook Bonfire, Houseparty, Live.ly), and WebRTC provides a unique platform for them to include live video communication in their offering.

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The OpenTok Platform, Now for Safari 11 in Beta

OpenTok.js SDK with support for Safari 11 in beta

NEWS: In the San Francisco Bay area? Come to our Developer Workshop on WebRTC in Safari on June 22 @6pm.

Today we’re rolling out an exciting new beta – the OpenTok.js SDK 2.12. With this release developers can begin building beta projects that are compatible with Safari 11. That’s right, WebRTC is available in Safari in beta.

Given the large number of devices running the Safari browser, this not only provides broader device reach for TokBox customers once it releases to general availability, but introduces a new set of use cases for browser based video chat on iPhones and iPads. On Monday our CEO Scott Lomond wrote about what this development means for WebRTC. Our goal today is to help you understand how you can start leveraging the OpenTok platform and WebRTC in the Safari beta.

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Why We’re Excited About WebRTC Support in iOS 11 and Safari

WebRTC support in iOS 11 and Safari

NEWS: In the San Francisco Bay area? Come to our Developer Workshop on WebRTC in Safari on June 22 @6pm.

I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to publish this blog post. It was easy to miss, but if you were paying close attention to today’s WWDC keynote you would have seen Apple indicating WebRTC support for iOS 11, which will be available later in the year.

From the early days of WebRTC in 2011 until yesterday, the single biggest outstanding question about this standard had been when will it be supported in all major browsers? Supporters could see that WebRTC was loaded with the potential to change how we use communications, but there was always that lingering sense that WebRTC wouldn’t cross over to the mainstream and be used for mission critical applications until it was supported by all browsers. With today’s iOS 11 announcement, Apple has answered this question. WebRTC is here to stay. This is a major turning point for embedded communications.

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Feeling The Presence With Telepresence Robotics

telepresenceImagine greeting your colleague on a Monday morning by the water cooler. You chat about the weekend before both moving into a team meeting to discuss the week ahead. Sounds like a regular day at work, only your colleague didn’t ride the train, take the elevator or walk the stairs into the office today, in fact they are 5000 miles away – they arrived to work via a telepresence robot.

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Key Technology Challenges for the Healthcare Industry

health-care-generic-1In our last blog post, (a peek at the future of healthcare) we considered the key drivers behind innovation in the health care industry.  Telehealth has seen explosive market growth in recent years and shows no sign of slowing down. Despite its enormous potential for growth, the healthcare industry faces regulatory challenges that impede innovation.

Since the 1996 introduction of HIPAA, (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), the healthcare industry has become highly regulated. The scope and complexity of healthcare regulation has made it incredibly difficult for organizations to adopt new technologies. Compared to other industries, they have been relatively slow to adopt technological innovations as a result.  This trend has manifested itself in the adoption of the public cloud, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and even the storage of online health records.  With this in mind, one can assume this trend will repeat itself when it comes to browser based real time communications powered by WebRTC.

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New in iOS 10: The Best WebRTC Apps Yet

ios_screenshotToday, it is easier than ever to get involved in real-time communications, using WebRTC. For those considering investing in a mobile strategy, the technology ecosystem has never been more ripe for rapidly integrating WebRTC into your application, or even starting a project afresh. Using existing build tools like Cocoapods to get started quickly with the OpenTok iOS SDK, and the new CallKit framework introduced in iOS 10, now is the best time to jump in and start building.

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The Rise Of On Demand Healthcare

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When you think about the hottest startup or innovation sectors, one may naturally think of artificial intelligence, Cloud computing or robotics. And you wouldn’t be wrong. But one you might be surprised to hear is right up the top of that list is Health, and specifically on demand health.

In a revealing study by Accenture, covered in this Forbes article, the growth of the on-demand health sector is second only to ride-sharing when it comes to attracting investment. Investment in on-demand health services is projected to reach $1 billion in 2017, up from only $200 million in 2014. According to Accenture, “healthcare is the fastest growing on-demand sector , representing one-sixth of total U.S. funding from 2010 to 2014.”

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