Google’s latest beta edition of the Chromium browser has some features that definitely herald the next-generation in Web browsing. Imagine a browser that intuitively can synch with your camera, microphone, or game controller, allowing apps and games direct access to these without added plugins?
The other API is called getUserMedia, which accesses WebRTC in HTML5, a real-time communications protocol. This lets the browser (and anything running within it, such as a website or app) to access your camera and microphone to do all kinds of things.
An app could, for instance, allow seamless and real-time manipulation of photos/images/video from your Web cam to apply filters, effects, and so on. This would take many podcast videos to new levels and make for some interesting app options in photo sharing.
That’s just the beginning.
As our demonstration graphic implies, apps could (and already are, within Chrome beta) interact with the camera to provide motion recognition ala the Kinect. This would let you do things like play the xylophone on-screen, create macros to add graphics or effects according to gestures, etc.
Lots of possibilities with this new age of browsing!