We recently released the latest version of our Client SDKs, v2.13.0 and I wanted to share some of the great new features that have gone out with this release.
Custom Media Streaming
With v2.13.0 of opentok.js we have added the ability to pass a custom audioSource and videoSource when you create a Publisher. The custom audio and video source are MediaStreamTrack objects. This enables quite a few different use cases that our customers have been asking for.
When I was a kid, the encyclopedia was the entry point for learning about any topic.
Now with Wikipedia, the world’s knowledge is available for anyone anywhere in the world with an internet connection. This is great for learning about a great many topics. But what about learning a new language where conversation practice is critical? And what if you want a native speaking tutor? Enter Education Technology (EdTech) live video solutions powered by the OpenTok global infrastructure.
When you sign up for a new platform, we know it can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be a challenge to know what information to seek out and simply how to quickly get started building your first project to become successful with the platform. At TokBox, we’ve received positive feedback on our developer documentation and resources, and we wanted to further streamline the development process with our platform to accelerate the path to production.
When I introduced myself at the start of October, I shared my aim of working with TokBox developer community members to maintain and add support for third-party frameworks in order to reach as many developers as possible. I’ve been busy since then speaking to our community and learning about what they need to have a great experience with our OpenTok platform and get creative with live video.
As part of our 2.12 client release, we were delighted to graduate our OpenTok Windows Client SDK out of beta and make it generally available. In addition to being a standard client endpoint for the OpenTok platform, the Windows SDK makes it easier to go beyond regular video chat and create whole new level of collaboration experiences.
Creativity & magic
The creativity of developers never ceases to amaze me and when you provide developers with powerful tools like our Windows Client SDK, magical things happen. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to speak to the team at Calgary Scientific. Calgary has two major divisions: one in health care called ResolutionMD, and another focusing on cloud collaboration and mobility called PureWeb. Specifically, I spoke to them about their innovative collaboration plugin for the Rhino3D CAD tool, called PureWeb Cast, which has launched in beta today.
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.
We’re happy to say that last week, as part of the 2.12 release of our client SDKs, we graduated the OpenTok Windows Client SDK out of beta. This SDK allows Windows developers to add rich, immersive video chat to Windows native applications and to really let their creativity flow.
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.
Customers spanning across industries, from healthcare, to education, to professional services and even finance, are adapting to live-video as a way to stay engaged with their clients and exceed customer expectations. In fact, worldwide, we know the number of telehealth patients will increase by 10x by 2018. And, we know that 87% of students prefer to collaborate online than in person. There’s no doubt that live video is now an integral part of client engagement and brand loyalty, and will only continue to become more prevalent in the future.
Today, 66% of all internet traffic is being driven by live-streaming video, and by 2020, that number will grow to 82%, according to research by Cisco. Rapidly-successful User Generated Content apps, like Facebook Live and Periscope, are among the driving forces behind this growth, as live video and interactive online broadcasting is being widely adopted across industries, including webinar platforms.