“When IoT meets WebRTC, they could become a dynamic duo.”
When Ahmad Moradi, Chairman and CEO of NetStairs, said the above line on one of his LinkedIn posts, it was music to my ears. At Influxis, we’ve been doing various creative technology projects involving both web-connected robotics and live video streaming, so we knew firsthand how IoT (Internet of Things) and RTC (Real-Time Communication) can create some amazing live interactive experiences.
By definition, IoT connects things to the Internet, so users can “interact” with them in real-time. Now, when you add live streaming to this scenario, so the user can “see” how he’s interacting with the thing, it elevates this telerobotic experience to a whole new level. And what WebRTC is promising is the ubiquitous nature of this video communication, thanks to its supposedly easy-to-implement, in-browser protocol. In other words, any media device that can display a popular browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox can be used to “web-control” a machine in real-time and provide a live video feed of the interaction. This opens up limitless possibilities.
Just imagine, being able to control everything in the world from your trusty little mobile media device – an iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, or even iWatch? That is what the marriage of IoT and WebRTC is promising. We all are flabbergasted about the meteoric growth of the Internet from its humble beginning. Although it only became popular in the 90s, now we can’t even imagine a world without the Internet. The impact of IoT and WebRTC will be the same, if not more. The worldwide real-time connectivity will go beyond the realm of our screens and into the real world where the real things are.
Both IoT and WebRTC are still at their early development stages, but the technology sector is starting to notice their potential, and the main players like Google, Apple, Samsung and others are devoting a lot of resources to bring them to everyday lives. Although the “standard wars” among these tech giants seem to hinder the advancements of IoT and WebRTC at the moment, they will eventually play nice with one another when they see the potential grow into opportunities in the multi-trillion dollar market.
WebRTC liberates real-time communication from the mess of apps and plugins, while IoT liberates things from being bounded by their physical locations. Together, they will fundamentally change how we live our lives, ever more connected to things and one another, all in real-time.