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Recap: Kranky Geek WebRTC Show

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11 Sep Recap: Kranky Geek WebRTC Show

Today was a fine day for WebRTC enthusiasts all around the globe, but specially in San Francisco, CA, where the Kranky Geek WebRTC Show was hosted.

The show might be over, but the content is steaming hot. Be sure to check out the replays available at the Kranky Geek website ASAP.

Even though all the speakers brought their A+ game today. Here’s a few talks which stood out both in muchness and quality:

A closer look at the WebRTC UX/UI API

Arin Sime

Our very own Arin Sime heads the top of the list with his take on maybe one of the most important (if not the most important) aspects of WebRTC development: User Interaction/Experience.

If you’ve ever wondered how to shape your real-time communications app, you need to check out this presentation which includes some golden nuggets such as:

  • Considering metaphors and similes when first engaging with the user (such as “like Skype in your browser”)
  • What to do if a user blocks their camera on a WebRTC app?
  • Providing feedback before and during a call about status of connection (what to do when connection is slow on a WebRTC app)

Top notch suggestions based on WebRTC.Ventures‘ success.

Application Chats: FreshDesk

Chris Koehncke

Freshdesk is an online customer support software and helpdesk solution, and they have some pretty neat pointers to share about WebRTC user engagement based on their experience. From their dealings with Twilio down to explaining why Voice became 80% of their offerings but also how video and chat should not be left out of the picture. This talk is definitely filled with insight, hindsight, and common sense (which is not so common now-a-days).

Best practices from billions of calls

Philipp Hancke

This one is full of first-hand knowledge for developers and hackers alike. Philipp Hancke dissects some of the most popular communication apps, both WebRTC based and not, such as Facetime, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, and Facebook Messenger.

Notes such as how going for H.264 over H.265 when choosing a codec for your app can improve battery life makes this one of the most useful technical talks of the event.

Finally, I could not leave out the following:

Google : What’s next for WebRTC?

Google WebRTC Team – Serge and Justin

This talk is one you’d like to go on forever. With just 40 minutes the Google WebRTC Team douses the audience with all there is to know about the current state of WebRTC and what the future holds for the technology.

Key things to look out for in this talk:

  • WebRTC related acquisitions made this year
  • The creation of the Alliance for Open media (and the involvement of Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Mozilla)
  • ONLY HTTPS will be allowed to use “Get user media” starting December!

Be sure to check out the whole thing, it’s mind-bendingly enlightening.

Wrapping up

These were just 4 out of 14 talks which I found to be the most valuable, but by all means, if time’s in your favor do check out the rest.

Be sure to drop a comment on which talk you found the most useful!

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