At this month’s TechTok, the team from Revolve Robotics came along to talk about all things robots: how robotics have changed and continue to do so, the evolution and potential of telepresence robots, as well as how you can leverage the OpenTok platform and Kubi robotics capabilities to build powerful and engaging telepresence robots.
Revolve Robotics CTO, Ilya Polykov, and CEO, Marcus Rosenthal spoke about their integration of OpenTok and Kubi. If this is something you are working on or are interested in, check out their API. If you’re developing an app based on the OpenTok platform and want to use Kubi, this API will help you make this happen in a matter of days.
If you’re interested in buying your own Kubi robot, you can get $100 off your online purchase using the promo code ‘tokbox’ at checkout for a limited time only.
Just when we thought we were done with the video codec wars in WebRTC – we found out we’re only just beginning.
In the past several weeks we’ve seen the names Thor, Daala, VP9 and H.265 thrown in the news as potential candidates to replace our current generation of video codecs. How is that going to play out, and where are we headed with all this?
The Internet has fundamentally reshaped the world of work. Emails, instant messaging and video conferencing first transformed the way we communicate, and today as we increasingly move into the cloud, nearly every aspect of work takes place online in a globally connected 24/7 environment.
The physical office space as we knew it has become less relevant and an increasing number of employees are working from home or remote locations. Startups and even the most well established global firms, are realizing the benefits of flexible work and are embracing communication tools that enable teams to connect and collaborate effectively online (eg. Slack, DropBox).
From being used to assist in medical research labs to driving cars, you can see new possible uses of robots popping up in many different aspects of our lives. At TokBox we are particularly excited about telepresence robots and the ability to tap yourself into a different geographic location using real time communications. Combining powerful robotics with communications technology means that you can, effectively, be in two places at once.
It is now a possibility to add robotic motion to video applications – but why would you want to? Imagine a telepresence robot that lets you look around during video calls. Whether you are attending a meeting remotely, talking to your professors and peers in a classroom from afar, asking your doctor questions from home, or greeting people as a virtual receptionist, you can combine real time communications and robotic movement to be able to move and look around, and to interact with other people, almost as though you are there in person. These combined possibilities help to create a more true to life experience and is far more engaging on both ends of the call.
Last 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.