While 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.
In October our Director of API & Front End Engineering, Adam Ullman, attended the SydJS meetup to talk about ‘Really Timely Communication’.
At the event Adam talked about the future of video communication; going beyond just a single generic Skype-like application and towards lots of applications tailored for specific use cases. He started out live coding a generic Skype-like app using OpenTok (in under 20 minutes!), which works across web, desktop and mobile. He then went on to introduce some of the more innovative and exciting use cases of the OpenTok platform.
Here at TokBox we are preparing for the fifth WebRTC expo, taking place in San Jose next week from 18-20 November.
Since the last WebRTC expo in June, there has been a lot of action in the market;
Today we are excited to announce the release of the OpenTok Android SDK 2.3.0 that include:
- Voice: Audio Levels API and Voice UI
- Audio Driver API
- IQC: Video recovery
- IQC: Audio-only fallback redesign
- IQC: Connection Quality API
- Video quality improvement under poor network conditions
You can learn more about our Android SDK here. These updates will be available to developers starting today.
Next week TokBox will be attending the Gartner Catalyst Conference in San Diego, August 11-14. We’re looking forward to being a part of the conversation about how technologists can leverage mobile, cloud, and big data to drive more operational effectiveness and competitive advantage. At TokBox we passionately believe that real-time communications, and WebRTC in particular, should be a core component of this conversation.
Throughout the course of the conference, the TokBox team will provide insight into the growing popularity of WebRTC within enterprise applications. The impact is beyond traditional communications systems and that is exactly what our CTO, Badri Rajasekar, will be talking about during his session: