I was perusing the ADC documents and the recently published 'Leopard
State of the Union' address, where it is mentioned that iChat will
have a public API for integrating 3rd party applications into the
streaming video and audio capability.
I humbly submit the feature request (for jitter 2.0, or whatever,
waaaayyyyy down the queue of important things), to have a jit.ichat
object that allows submitting arbitrary matrix data to an iChat
stream, as well as outputting something akin to 4 char 320x240 (or..
well, you know, whatever) matrices back out for the chat participants
incoming video and audio data.
I am imagining something akin to Elisa (the iChat/AIM robot), but
with an A/V capability, and the possibility of including chat
participants into the AV stream, mixing sources, etc.
I think it could be fun, possibly interesting and open up some uses
for distributed art. Then again, what the fuck do I know?
Of course, if there is a solution that is cross platform that works
well, that would be the way to go.
But that feature looks really fun regardless.
P.S. I am well aware I am dreaming, and that C74 has plenty of more
important things to do. However, maybe some other industrious
individual with spare time would be willing to take something like
this on once 10.5 ships. I dont have enough c chops to do it (at
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