Hardware Setup Widget: Set up your users for success

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We’ve all experienced video calls where our hardware hasn’t performed as expected – whether video didn’t display, or audio input levels were too low, it can lead to frustration.

With our new Hardware Setup Widget, we’re aiming to solve that problem. Now you can set your users up for success by enabling them to test their camera and microphone settings before their call begins. On top of that, settings can be saved so that any future conversations will get off on the right foot.

The Hardware Setup widget works with OpenTok.js and can be easily added to your existing web application. It has a pre-built UI and uses the Device Selection API.

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The next generation of Virtual Reality

tokbox-inc_markTokBox is happy to announce our first meetup of 2015.  This month we will be hearing from Josh Carpenter, Virtual Reality Researcher at Mozilla, who will be talking about bringing the open web to Virtual Reality.

The Mozilla VR team believes that the attributes that define the web—interoperability, accessibility, low friction publishing, freedom of navigation, etc—are sorely needed in the emerging modern VR platform, and that the creative potential of the combination of web + VR is unprecedented. In this talk, Josh will focus on a how we might build a new generation of real time collaboration experiences, powered by technologies like WebRTC and WebVR.

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OpenTok iOS SDK 2.4 now available with 64-bit support

We’ve recently released a new version of our OpenTok iOS SDK. It includes:

  • 64-bit support — You can now build 64-bit versions of your OpenTok apps to run on the latest Apple devices.  Please note, beginning February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support (more here).
  • Screen sharing support — You can now share your mobile screen as the video source for a publisher. See the code samples.
  • Multiple bug fixes and performance optimizations.

For more information please see the release notes.

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Be My Eyes: Connecting blind people with sighted helpers via video

bemyeyes-logoWhile blind people are able to go about their day just like anyone else, simple everyday tasks can often present challenges. Whether it’s identifying the right public transit route for a commute, checking the expiration date of a carton of milk, or grabbing the right ingredients from the pantry for a meal, it may require assistance.

Founder of non-profit organization Be My Eyes, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, spent three years working for the Danish Blind Society consulting people about how to cope with visual impairment. Wiberg, who is visually impaired himself, found one common thread among all of the people he worked with: while the visually impaired often lean on friends and family to help them overcome everyday hurdles, they at times feel guilty asking for assistance. If they just ‘had a pair of eyes’ once or twice a day, they could accomplish a whole lot more on their own, without leaning on those closest to them.

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OpenTok Android SDK 2.4 now available

We’ve recently released a new version of our OpenTok Android SDK. It includes:

  • Screen sharing support — You can now share your mobile screen as the video source for a publisher. See the code samples.
  • Hardware acceleration — You can take advantage of the built-in VP8 hardware decoding on the following select devices: Asus K010, Asus K011, and Asus K013. The hardware decoding uses less CPU for video processing, saves battery life, and provides a better app experience. Hardware acceleration is enabled by default in the SDK, no additional development is required.
  • Emulator support — You can now use the Android built-in emulator for development with OpenTok.
  • Multiple bug fixes and performance optimizations.

For more information please see the release notes.

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