VideoChat – OLPC Activity

I am working on a really interesting OLPC XO/XS trial (all to be revealed soon!) where the main lynchpin demonstration is the VideoChat activity. We are certainly looking at the educational benefits, the interesting impact on truancy, and opportunities for disadvantaged kids, etc. However, the VideoChat offers a great way to provide support to remote kids including speech therapy, behavioural therapy, counselling, health services and of course distance education. So we have been working hard to get the VideoChat activity working. It now works online, but not with an XS (unless you disable Squid and have no firewall), so more work to go.

Anyway, I temporarily uploaded the xo to my website knowing I wanted to have it hosted elsewhere fairly quickly. Luckily one of the wonderful Telepathy guys (hi Cassidy!) offered to host it, so it’s all good. Thing is, in the 3 days I was hosting the 8mb file, I had 534 downloads. Woohoo! That is a lot of bandwidth in a very short time :) I guess it is of interest to a lot of folk out there.

Check out VideoChat. It is very cool but it still needs a lot of work including some prettying up!

Anyway, this is a short one. I have several blogs to catch up on, so sorry everyone!

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7 Responses to VideoChat – OLPC Activity

  1. Kevin Mark says:

    Hi P,
    A group of us XO’s found TeamSpeak(free as in beer voice chat client/server) more than 6 months ago. It is lightweight on an XS and XO. We regularly have 4 to 6 folks from all across the US and Canada chatting on it and have used it as a way to listen-in-on OLPC-related meetings.
    -Kev

  2. BuzzMoo says:

    Great idea Kev, i’m adding that to the “Essentials” list.

  3. cal says:

    *The above link is interesting where software is being used in England to monitory Young People’s stress levels when in geographical locations -
    The results intended to inform town planning ! -
    - With Pia’s ongoing commitment to innovation, education, and being such a great facilitator and communicator, I hope that the above and following links are of future cross-fertilisation.
    Southern Cross University at Lismore has a history of research into learning for young people.
    There is an early childhood course starting in 2009.

    here’s a link that reflects SCU’s ongoing philosophy:

    http://discover.scu.edu.au/2008/issue9/index.php/news/?id=278

  4. alan says:

    I can’t find the up-to-date videochat.xo Will it be made available someplace?

  5. greebo says:

    @alan I’m just doing a new blog post with link, and putting it on wiki.laptop.org so check pipka.org in about 5 minutes :)

  6. Ted Carnahan says:

    I’ve heard that VideoChat.xo is based on the Telepathy framework and Jingle. Is it interoperable with other implementations (e.g. Nokia N800/N810, the Empathy IM client, etc.)?

  7. jdub says:

    @Ted Carnahan: Yes, although the UI is pretty thoroughly optimised to function within the OLPC activity sharing environment at the moment… As it happens, the very first demos of video chat working involved an XO and a Nokia 770 (during linux.conf.au 2007). :-)

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