WebRTC – The future of web communications?

WebRTC, short for Web Real Time Communications started attracting the attention of developers at the end of 2012, and is tipped to start gaining traction in both the web design and developer communities in 2013 as the specification begins to mature.

So what exactly does WebRTC do and how does it work? 

The goal of WebRTC is to allow designers and developers to create high quality video and audio applications in the browser via JavaScript API’s and HTML5.  Simply by using a modern day browser, its now possible to capture the webcam and microphone streams without the need for additional plugins such as Silverlight and Flash.  

WebRTC gets around the complex and sometimes annoying integration of these plugins , plus it’s often difficult to persuade people to install these plugins in the first place. With just a few lines of JavaScript, web developers will be able to create high quality peer-to-peer voice, video, and data channel communications to their website or mobile application. 

Many early adopters have already begun fleshing out test applications and websites so the future for WebRTC is looking bright.  If your interested in finding out more, check out the video from the Google I/O Conference WebRTC session in 2012 and at the official WebRTC homepage.

Lookout for further WebRTC posts in the future.