WebRTC World Feature Article

November 19, 2013

WebRTC Expo Demos Day One: Audience and Judges' Top Choices


As the first day of WebRTC Conference & Expo comes to a close, so does the first round of demonstrations from companies looking to get ahead in the WebRTC game. The key word today was “mobile,” and almost every demonstration included capabilities to communicate in real-time via video on multiple browsers and devices, including some with Google Glass. Unfortunately, not all 16 companies could be recognized as the top innovators in WebRTC, so our judges awarded three companies and the audience chose one.

You can see an overview of all of the demos from day one – the Tuesday Demonstration Theater – on TMC’s Group Editorial Director Erik Linask’s live blog of the demos.

My favorite demos were the ones that involved audience participation; ie, I had the chance to test it out for myself right from my laptop and see if the solutions were as easy as the presenters claimed they were.

And the winners are:

Audience favorite: Weemo

Weemo focuses on enabling cloud-based video conferencing in apps. It demonstrated an application integration that can be used in sales or call centers. As a consumer visiting a website, users can see a number of different choices, such as live chatting with an agent. The company emphasized using video for a purpose in a way that is easy, and the power of one-click button.

It also brought up an emphasis on mobile, and the introduction of its mobile SDK.

Judges’ choice: vLine, Requestec, AddLive

vLine

This one was my favorite because it was so easy to use. Just visit vLine’s website, www.vline.com, and click for a conferencing link. You can share that link with others through social media or email, and can be video chatting within seconds (depending on how quickly they respond and join the conference).

 

Requestec

Requestec demoed different users in different browsers – Safari and Firefox. It uses pure HTML that can be provisioned or embedded into any website, and meeting invite links can be sent via API or “send invite” link on the platform. It currently serves customers in banking, healthcare and education.

What I like about Requestec is that it seemed to be the only platform that can be used for education situations or webinar-type use cases – it combines video communication with the ability to share and interact with documents in real-time as well.

AddLive

AddLive demonstrated its WebRTC capability from multiple different endpoints: Google Glass, WebRTC browser, non-WebRTC browser, iOS and Android. It also showed how it was tracking video statistics, including CPU usage and bitrate, in real-time as the communications were happening. It recently introduced Version 3.0 of its solution, which includes WebRTC support for multiparty, WebRTC, non-WebRTC, iOS, Android and Google Glass endpoints.

Companies I’m surprised to see missing from this list:

  • Questionmine
  • Bistri
  • PubNub
  • Frozen Mountain

I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on them! Stay tuned for day two of the WebRTC Conference & Expo. Lots of keynotes, sessions and demonstrations still left to come. 




Edited by Rachel Ramsey




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