SF WebRTC meet up

webrtc_logoLast week TokBox hosted the monthly SF WebRTC meet up at our offices in San Francisco.

It was a great evening, with a range of speakers and topics from the WebRTC world.  This month we heard from:

 

  • Ankur Oberoi from Tokbox
  • Hadar Weiss from Peer5
  • Feross Aboukhadijeh from WebTorrent, PeerCDN
  • Dr Alex from Temasys

You can watch a full recording of the event below and if you are interested in hearing more about meet up events at TokBox, you can join our meet up group here.

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Webinar: How to Build Multi-Party Calling with WebRTC

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WebRTC is maturing and we can see the needs in the market evolving along with this.

However, with the increased need for rich, digital experiences comes the challenge of building more advanced applications. We know that building real-time video communications can be challenging, especially when it involves more than two participants. To pull off a multi-party call using WebRTC off-the-shelf you’ll need a strong backend infrastructure and a deep understanding of media processing.  That’s why we are looking forward to exploring this topic with WebRTC expert, Tsahi Levent-Levi, founder of bloggeek.me, in our upcoming webinar.

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Guest Post – WebRTC, Video Streaming and the Next Big Thing

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We’ve all seen the statistics and now know that mobile usage is at an all time high and is still on the rise.  Increasing with this is mobile video consumption. As mobile data has become more affordable and reliable, and with more WiFi hotspots popping up, it is becoming increasingly easy to watch, share and communicate via video on mobile devices.

This is something that our partners at Simpleweb, a web and mobile development agency in the UK, have noticed too.  They know that a new wave of apps is revolutionizing the way we view and broadcast video online, many of which are powered by WebRTC.

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Sharing more, with Firefox Hello

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 4.53.15 PMMozilla has released further enhancements to Firefox Hello, powered by OpenTok, including the ability to screen share within a video chat. This new feature allows participants to open and share a browser tab or application window from within the chat, making browsing, shopping, drafting or any other activity more collaborative and engaging.

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FAILED – TechTok with Philipp Hancke

techtoksAt this month’s TechTok, Philipp ‘Fippo’ Hancke, &yet’s WebRTC lead and industry veteran, explains everything you need to know about how to handle failures with WebRTC.

‘If you’re going to launch a WebRTC powered service for financial gain, then you need to have done everything within your power to ensure it works reliably across as many cases as possible.’ Chris Koehnke.

Philipp knows just how to do this so we will leave it to him to tell you.  If you want to learn more about how to fail gracefully with WebRTC you can watch a video of Philipp’s full presentation here:

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The Future of Field Services and WebRTC: 3 Use Cases

The Future of Field Services & WebRTC: Use Cases and BenefitsOne of the fun things about running a communications platform company is watching new use cases emerge as companies and developers innovate using our technologies.

Several months ago, we began to notice a new trending mode of use of WebRTC in the area of Field Service enablement. I’ve also heard people describe it as remote workforce applications, or even fleet management systems.

The key concept is that a field worker – someone who goes onsite to a customer location to effect a repair, make an inspection, or deliver or pick up products, uses some sort of a computer or electronic device as an essential tool for that onsite visit. Increasingly these devices are smartphones or tablets.

It’s predicted that by 2018, 70% of mobile workers will use a tablet or a hybrid device that has tablet-like characteristics. (Source: RapidValue Solutions)

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TechTok – Failing gracefully with WebRTC

techtoksWebRTC works great. Let’s talk about failure though. Back in the Voice-over-IP days, developers would use tools like Wireshark to analyze call traces. With WebRTC and the RTCPeerConnection API we are able to diagnose and handle failures using Javascript surprisingly well. The real challenge is understanding how these tools can help you help your users and, thus, fail gracefully.

At this month’s  TechTok on May 21, Philipp ‘Fippo’ Hancke, &yet’s WebRTC lead and industry veteran will tell us everything we need to know about how to handle failures with WebRTC.

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TokBox at Video Hack Day

VideohackdayTokBox is excited to be sponsoring Video Hack Day in New York this Saturday (May 9), an event dedicated to all things video.  At a time when more and more exciting video apps and services are popping up, we are looking forward to going along to see what the community can come up with next.

We’ll be sending Ankur along to the event who will offer up a couple of OpenTok hack ideas as well as answers and advice on the day.  If you’re up for a challenge, why not think about WebRTC powered augmented or virtual reality apps?  Or adding a live video chat to a media site?  We’ll be awarding a GoPro for the best OpenTok hack so give it a go!

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Can Meerkat be more Snapchat than Yo?

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Hype used to be what every new app developer wanted, until it became a euphemism for flash in the pan. Meerkat and Periscope are so hot right now, as evidenced by the breathless fan boy bloggers and the equally breathless declarations of their death (in particular Meerkat’s).

This current iteration of native mobile live video streaming has captured the attention of the media and also the general public. Is this a game-changing and sustainable phenom, or a flash in the pan?

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Google Helpouts wasn’t helping

helpouts-gGoogle shuts down plenty of products. Reader, Glass, Talk, Wave. But the closing down of Helpouts gives particularly valuable lessons for those who are building WebRTC based applications and services for the always on ‘find an expert market’, of which there are many.

 While it’s clear that it didn’t get enough  traction and had some monetization issues, the real question is why? In healthcare in particular there is a large and growing world of people for whom video communications, powered by WebRTC, is a critical lifeline (literally).  This is a world that includes housebound cancer-patients, the blind, recovering drug addicts, time-constrained parents and their community of carers, and healthcare practitioners. A recent report cited 89% of healthcare executives that said they expect telemedicine to transform the U.S. healthcare system in the next decade, with the number of patients using telehealth services growing to 7 million in 2018, up from 350,000 in 2013.

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