The latest beta version of Google Chrome adds two new APIs that allow web developers to do a few interesting things. They can write web apps that will use your computer’s mic or camera without a plugin. Apps can also take advantage of video game controllers plugged into your PC.
What that means is we could start to see more web apps that allow for audio and video chat, music creation, or other actions that rely on a mic and camera. You won’t have to install Flash, Java, or another plugin and choose to enable support before making a video call using through a webpage.
The API can also be used with other web technologies to apply effects, so you can rotate a video or apply filters in real-time.
Google has a list of some new web apps that take advantage of the new APIs.
The new features will be available in the main branch of Google’s web browser once Chrome 21 stable is released. For now you can check them out by installing Chrome 21 beta.