BigBlueButton HTML5 Client
July 01, 2012
BigBlueButton HTML5 Client is an experimental HTML5 port of BigBlueButton, an open source web conferencing system, which allows real-time web conferencing in the browser featuring (private) meeting rooms, whiteboard/slides, chat, and much more, now all in HTML5!
In the summer of 2012, I had the pleasure of working at Blindside Networks, an Ottawa-based startup driving the BigBlueButton project. BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing system designed for distance education. It helps educators and students connect and communicate using voice & video, whiteboard/slides, and text chat, all real-time in the browser.
Below is a screenshot of the prototype I built out:
As you can see, I didn’t focus much on design but rather functionality. Currently the leads UI designer at Blindside Networks is working on a cleaner design for the HTML5 version.
Adding Audio and Video support using WebRTC
I did get the chance to fool around with adding audio/video support to the BigBlueButton HTML5 client using WebRTC at a hackathon in Chattanooga, TN called Hackanooga. By the end of the weekend hackathon, I had WebRTC working across many different devices, all broadcasting and receiving audio and video from each-other. Due to the instability of WebRTC at that time, it was unable to be integrated cleanly into the HTML5 client, however in the future I expect to see this to be integrated.