Video collaboration is now available on “smart glasses” thanks to mobile client APIs provided by Vidyo, with Vuzix the first smart glasses maker to feature VidyoWorks on its enterprise-grade Vuzix M100 smart glasses. VidyoWorks uses a scalable video coding (SVC) platform to deliver the wearable visual devices. In the VidyoWorks announcement, ABI Research noted that the enterprise wearables market is exploding and expected to reach $18 billion by 2019.
Eran Westman, CEO, Vidyo commented on the ability to incorporate video communications and collaboration in a statement, saying that “VidyoWorks opens up a whole new market for developers to create applications for hands free see-what-I-see applications on smart glasses across industries including healthcare, field service, retail, energy, and government.” He added, “There is a tremendous market opportunity for these applications with augmented reality and VidyoWorks delivers reliability and scale over wireless networks, making it a market leading solution for mobile applications.”
In other news coming out of last week’s Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Telefónica became the is first top-tier telco in the world to fully launch a browser-based calling product using WebRTC technology. The service, called TU Go, is now available directly in compatible web browsers for Telefónica customers in the UK, and Argentina, with more markets planned soon including Peru, Mexico and Brazil. Because the service uses WebRTC, users don’t need download any software because the core functionality of a phone is available within the browser. The service supports voice calls, texts messages, and access to voicemails.
Contacts can be synced from an existing Google account so that contact names and photos are easily available without having to remember a number. Telefónica has been an active proponent for WebRTC since it acquired the Silicon-Valley-based TokBox in 2012.
Jorge Serna Pozuelo, TU Go Director of Products at Telefónica commented in a statement saying, “The way in which we communicate is continuing to change and it’s our job as a leading Digital Telco to ensure that our customers have access to the very best digital services and experiences. And this is just the start…with this new WebRTC functionality we open up a world of future potential for TU Go that moves beyond just making calls and texts – watch this space.”