As consumer demand for interactive real-time video and voice features surge, the new marketplace helps developers meet the moment;
Inaugural extensions include a noise-filtering software from Bose, as well as extensions from Hive, Banuba, Voicemod, Vision Lab, Symbl, Synervoz & Marsview;
Agora also plans to invest $100M in the RTE startup ecosystem
SANTA CLARA, CA, (September 1, 2021) – Agora, Inc. (NASDAQ: API), a pioneer and leading platform for real-time engagement APIs, today is set to announce its Extensions Marketplace at RTE2021, the company’s flagship conference and the world’s largest event exploring real-time engagement (RTE) technologies. The new marketplace features extensions from audio technology company Bose and a real-time content moderation solution from Hive.
People increasingly want real-time video or audio features in the apps they use. For example, students in an education app want to see classmates; users in a dating app want to see potential partners, and buyers in a shopping app want to talk to sellers. However, for many developers, real-time video and audio functionality are too difficult and expensive to build. Enter Agora whose platform allows developers to easily embed powerful real-time engagement experiences video and audio—into their apps and services. Globally, Agora powers 50 billion minutes of video and audio engagements each month.
With Extensions Marketplace, Agora enables developers to further maximize the RTE opportunity, giving them direct access to a variety of partner extensions that they can instantly activate. Extensions include video and audio modifiers, RTE analytics tools, content classifiers to identify images on screen, and more. Extensions Marketplace lowers the usual lift necessary for integration of RTE-enhancing technology, simplifying all aspects of the process from partner discovery to billing.
“Agora Extensions Marketplace is a one-stop shop for extensions to Agora’s core video, voice and streaming capabilities, allowing developers to add powerful features to enhance real-time engagement,” said Virginia Liu, Agora’s SVP Marketing & Ecosystems. “The platform makes it easy to add rich feature extensions to real-time video and voice because we’ve simplified the process from end-to-end. In doing so, we empower developers to focus on what they do best—innovate.”
The Extensions Marketplace features a number of inaugural partners at RTE 2021, including Bose and Hive. The Bose extension, PinPoint™ noise filter, helps reduce unwanted background noise whether in a conference call, playing an on-line game, or using a chat app. The extension can be used with any headphones, in any Agora application.
Hive’s extension offers a native integration with its best-in-class visual content moderation API, and is able to detect—in real-time—a wide range of offensive content such as hate symbols, nudity, violence, and more. Hive intends to offer more of its production extensions in the future, exposing other APIs such as those for OCR, speech-to-text, and logo, object, and scene detection.
“As developers increasingly integrate real-time engagement into their services and apps, a performant and scalable content moderation solution is more critical than ever,” said Kevin Guo, CEO at Hive. “Through Agora’s Extensions Marketplace, we can scale content moderation even further to the benefit of the entire digital ecosystem, helping developers protect users from coming in contact with undesirable content.”
In addition to Bose and Hive, Agora is unveiling even more extension partners at its RTE2021. They include:
- Banuba’s Face AR SDK, which enables the most realistic facial animation in the world
- Voicemod’s voice-changing software to support gamers, content creators and Virtual YouTubers (VTubers) and to bring the Voice Avatars to the Metaverse.
- VisionLab’s SDK pure face recognition engine that enables efficient and accurate processing of faces in images and live video stream
- Symbl’s contextual understanding AI platform, which can caption and transcribe video in real-time
- Synervoz’s Voice FX extension allows for the addition of voice effects including echo, reverb, flanger, and pitch shift.
- Marsview’s AI platform for conversation intelligence to enable sales and support teams
“Agora’s Extensions Marketplace gives us the opportunity to engage with over 10,000 apps, and more than 1,500 developers,” said Jaime Bosch, CEO and Co-Founder of Voicemod. “We are excited to partner, driving further scale for our solutions and increasing availability of Voice Avatars to world-leading developers.”
This year, RTE2021, a virtual event—which kicks off today and is free of charge—rings together leading global voices to discuss innovations in voice, video and streaming during a time where these are perhaps more important than ever.
With that in mind, Agora is committed to developing the real-time engagement (RTE) ecosystem. In addition to launching an Extensions Marketplace for RTE technologies at RTE 2021, Agora has also announced a $100 million investment into the RTE ecosystem.
To register for RTE, visit https://rte2021.agora.io/.
Agora is a Real-time Engagement Platform as a Service (RTE PaaS) company. Agora’s mission is to make real-time engagement ubiquitous, allowing everyone to interact with anyone, in any application, anytime and anywhere. Agora’s platform provides developers with simple, flexible and powerful application programming interfaces, or APIs, to embed real-time video and voice engagement experiences into their applications.
RTE refers to interactive, collaborative and shared digital experiences that occur through technology such as live video and audio and augmented and virtual reality. According to Agora, consumers increasingly want RTE video or audio features in the apps they use.