Wednesday, February 20, 2008
We were thinking at home on how to install a webcam and share it with some family and friends, thinking on buying an IP webcam, getting the fixed IP with our service provider, when I stumbled on this new service from Yahoo called Yahoo Live.
I loved this little product. It allows you to broadcast with any simple webcam. We tried on Sunday and it was fun. Then, yesterday I worked from home and I used with the intention to communicate better with co-workers being live. I'm not too convinced of the fact that they don't allow for now broadcasting for a closed private group. I'm sure this is just part of their early strategy with the product which is now on experimental release.
While exploring I got to see a webcam in an apartment in Saudi Arabia with great windows showing the streets, as well as a guy showing what he could see from the windshield of his car while driving through Philadelphia streets. Also, there was a group of artists in Stokoholm painting live for 3 hours, it was pretty cool. It's kind of interesting, although right now it's mostly people checking out the technology itself or the typical dating crowd ...
I wish they provide APIs to implement mashups on top of them, although it's a not too complicated flash application, just the broadcasting part of it might be a little more complicated to figure out.
Unfortunately, the guy that was at the front of this and other cool new products in yahoo, such as yahoo pipes, has resigned and is heading to Google right now ... I have a deja vu with the times years ago when Microsoft was the one stealing talent across the board ....