Freitag, 26. Juli 2013

Chromecast the "big surprise" with built in WebRTC

When I made my last blogpost on WebRTC and some code embedding, I did not know how far Google is on its way to make distinct use of the underlying technology.

With the actual announcement of Chromecast this is getting quite clear: WebRTC will be used by Google to share screen or better browser tab content on the TV screen. THEVERGE is describing Googles setup of the Chromecast dongle in this article and for the time being it is the first embedded product I know of, that is explicitly making use of this new technology. Google has also set up a direct link to promote the new device.

Some first reviews of the Chromecast dongle are available online like this one



or this one



Not to forget a first review of the German golem.de IT news website:



This actual development shows once again, that these new direct communication technologies will have some deep impact on offered communication services. It has never been so easy and simple to include direct communication features in web applications. And the full potential of these technologies is by far not reached by this first tiny product.

I am really keen on seeing more and more implementations around WebRTC and will try to keep you posted on the real exciting news ;-)

Donnerstag, 11. Juli 2013

WebRTC arriving in browsers and web apps

Short intro: WebRTC at this point of time only works with the most actual Chrome and Firefox browsers. So be sure to get them first ;-) And not to forget: You need a webcam and a microphone to get it running.

Thought it would take some more time to make it to the market. But this is going to take a fast ride, as it is so simple to generate web apps for direct communications.

Found www.bistri.com as a first commercial service provider. Had to try it out.

The following script should be able to connect you to a videolink showing yourself in a browser with a preconfigured script I justed pasted into the page. Just test it out. If more than one connects at the same time you should see all videostreams above one another in "conferencing mode" ...




No idea, how you all will look like...

But to get it more in a conversational mode, I will try to imbed a call-button, too.

So lets see, whether it might work. Even if I'm not online, I will at least receive a message, who tried to call me. Just try it ...