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Building Video Calling with @PubNub and #WebRTC | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Learning about video codecs, signaling, and presence is just the beginning when it comes to implementation

February 8, 2014

Building video calling apps is no small task. Learning about video codecs, signaling, and presence is just the beginning when it comes to implementation. At PubNub, we have partnered our technology with WebRTC to make integration fast and easy to build video chat software. Out of the box, our WebRTC Framework will power audio, video, and data communication between two browsers.

Want to get an idea of what it'll look like when you're finished? Take a look at our live, working demo and code walk through, or watch the video below, or keep reading.

Get Started by Installing the PubNub WebRTC SDK
The first step to building your own video calling app is to install both PubNub and our WebRTC SDK. To install both of these, first download the WebRTC SDK to your local project somewhere. Then include both libraries:

<script src="http://cdn.pubnub.com/pubnub.min.js"></script>

<script src="http://pubnub.github.io/webrtc/webrtc-beta-pubnub.js"></script>

Getting a List of Users to Call
The PubNub library comes with the functionality to see what users come online and offline with our Presence feature. To start, enable this functionality by visiting our Developer's Portal and enabling Presence on your API key. This will allow your clients to start receiving join and leave events.

In our application, every user is subscribed to one channel. This means every user can see all the other users that are currently connected. This is done easily by using a channel named "phonebook":

pubnub.subscribe({
channel: ‘phonebook',
callback: function (message) {
// Do nothing in our callback
},
presence: function (data) {
if (data.action === "join" && data.uuid != myUuid) {
var parts = data.uuid.split(‘-');
var newUser = newUserTemplate({
name: parts[1]
id: parts[0]
});
userList.append(newUser);
} else if (data.action === "leave" and data.uuid != myUuid) {
var parts = data.uuid.split(‘-');<
var item = userList.find("li[data user=\"" + parts[0] + "\"]");
item.remove();}

});

Currently the user data is stored in the data attributes of the element itself. This makes it easy to work with as a prototype, but could be extended to an AngularJS scope or Backbone Collection easily.

Get the User Media
The first step in any WebRTC application is to get the stream from the user's webcam. Luckily, the browser provides an easy-to-use way of getting this stream. The code for doing this uses the getUserMedia API:

function gotStream(stream) {

document.querySelector(‘#self-call-video').src = URL.createObjectURL(stream);

myStream = stream; // Save the stream for later use

};

navigator.webkitGetUserMedia({ audio: true, video: true}, gotStream);

Note here that the stream is stored for use in publishing to a WebRTC peer connection. When you make this call the user will have to allow your application to use the webcam. The callback will not be called until this has been done, so it may be good to notify the user that they need to allow this before moving on.

Calling a User with PubNub WebRTC
Once your application has the user stream you can now publish that stream to another user. Since the RTCPeerConnection requires you to publish your stream before the connection is made, the library provides methods for both subscribing and listening for new connections. The code below will take care of both cases and allow a completed call to be made:

function publishStream(uuid) {

pubnub.publish({

user: uuid,

stream: myStream

});


pubnub.subscribe({

user: uuid,

stream: function (data, event) {

document.querySelector(‘#call-video').src = URL.createObjectUrl(event.stream);

},

disconnect: function (uuid, pc) {

document.querySelector("#call-video").src = "";

$(document).trigger("call:end");

}

});

};


pubnub.onNewConnection(function (uuid) {

if (myStream != null) {

publishStream(uuid);

}

});


pubnub.subscribe({

channel: ‘answer',

callback: function (data) {

if (data.caller == myUuid) {

publishStream(data.callee);

}

}

});

This will take care of all the use cases when calling another user:

  1. The user has called us and we want to react immediately to the call
  2. We are calling another user by publishing our stream to them
  3. We want to subscribe to another user before they call

Hanging Up a WebRTC Call
Hanging up the call is as simple as closing the peer connection. The other user tries to reconnect for a few seconds and then recognizes the call is dropped after that. The library provides an interface for both cases:

function hangUp() {

pubnub.closeConnection(currentCall, function () {

$(document).trigger("call:end");

}

};


pubnub.subscribe({

// ... Other subscribe code here

disconnect: function (uuid, peerConnection) {

hangUp();

// React to the disconnect

}

});

Using Other Logins
Our demo also allows you to log in with any Google+ account. Since our users are identified by a unique user ID, this ID can be anything the developers provide. In this use case, we provide the unique user ID provided by the Google+ API.

Unfortunately this just gives us an ID for each user, so if we want to tell the user who is currently available for chat they will just see the numerical representation of each user. The way we get around this limitation is by including the user name in each unique user ID. Our user names now look like "1234567-John Doe". Now we can call String.split(‘-') to get the name and the ID separated so we can show the human-readable form to the user.

WebRTC Calling In-Browser Is Amazing
Now we can take this seemingly complex application and simplify the time to develop this so even one person can build it. The most amazing thing about this is that it is scalable from the beginning. Using the PubNub network allows your application to scale on a global level.

The RTCPeerConnection also abstracts away much of the complexity that deals with codecs and setting up a peer connection. We at PubNub hope to see a whole new wave of communication applications on the web! Check out the demo of our video calling application here.

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The largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world has announced "sponsorship opportunities" and "call for papers."

The 1st International Internet of @ThingsExpo was launched this June at the Javits Center in New York City with over 6,000 delegates in attendance. The 2nd International Internet of @ThingsExpo took place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, with an estimated 6,000 plus delegates attending over three days.

@ThingsExpo is co-located with 16th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world. In 2015, more than 200 companies will be present on the @ThingsExpo show floor, including global players and the hottest new technology pioneers.


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Chris Matthieu Named @ThingsExpo Tech Chair

Internet of @ThingsExpo named Chris Matthieu tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley.

Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010, which was acquired by Voxeo. Next he built an open source Node.JS PaaS called Nodester, which was acquired by AppFog. His latest startups include Twelephone. Leveraging HTML5 and WebRTC, Twelephone's BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the next generation telecom company running in the Web browser. Chris is currently co-founder and CTO of Octoblu.

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CEO Power Panel in Silicon Valley Examined Agility, Cloud, Big Data, and the 'Internet of Things'

Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, CIO of DEAC, discussed how important public, private, and hybrid cloud are to the enterprise. How does one define Big Data? And how is the IoT tying all this together?

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Dan Ristic is Developer Evangelist and Front End Engineer at PubNub. Dan is crazy about user interface development and has been programming on the web for five years. He grew up in Chicago and studied engineering at the University of Advancing Technology in Phoenix, AZ.

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