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WeBot Beta Shows Promise.

Written by Jamie Bennett on January 10th, 2008 at 11:00 pm in Uncategorized


So for all those that don’t know yet, WeBot is a media streaming application in the same vein as Orb from Orb networks. It allows you share your media over the internet and stream it to any web capable device. At the moment you can only stream photos and music but it looks like video capabilities are on their way.

So what makes WeBot special? Well I’m glad you ask. WeBot has gone out of its way to accommodate the Nokia Internet Tablets in particular, creating an interface especially for them.

To run WeBot under Linux you need java installed. For Ubuntu the following command should suffice:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-bin sun-java6-fonts sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin

Accept the the blurb and you should be ready to go. Sign up and download the WeBot tar.gz at http://www.webot.com and unzip it to its target directory. Then just run the webot.sh file:

./webot.sh

This will start the bot.

You need to add directories to the bot in a fully capable web browser (read desktop browser) which you can do by logging in to the WeBot website and selecting the ‘cog’ icon at the top.

Once you are happy that you have setup the media you want to share the next step is to log in to the WeBot website on the Internet Tablet. This is where you will see the custom interface designed especially for the Nokia IT’s. You can stream music or even browse your image collection.

Thoughfix did a great video at CES for his TabletBlog site which shows WeBot’s soon to be implemented feature of streaming video to the Nokia N810. This can be seen below.

WeBot isn’t without its problems. There are a few user interface issues with the Nokia tablets and it can be pretty slow to buffer songs before they are played but I’m sure when this software is finally released these issues will be solved.

WeBot is certainly one to look out for in the future.

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