Wednesday, July 07, 2010

mōVox (SIPper) - webOS VoIP - An Update

Pixi Dial Pad My project for the last few months has been SIPper. SIPper will be a VoIP client for the Palm webOS platform. Initially, it will support making and receiving calls. In the future it will support sending and receiving text messages, multiple accounts and a myriad of other features. Who knows? Maybe it will even support video conferencing and video sharing some day.

So far, I have been making decent progress. A lot of the JavaScript code is coming together. The biggest show-stopper, at the moment, is the lack of microphone API in the webOS PDK. Once this becomes available, I will be able to implement a sound driver to wrap everything together for calls to be made. Until then, I can implement the rest of the application.

The name of an application is also very important. While SIPper is kinda cute, and could be made to remind the user of a sippy cup, it wasn't very professional. The target audience of this application is business professionals who want to leave their office phone behind, but still utilize access to their corporation's VoIP system to receive calls (not to forget consumers looking to reduce their phone bill). So, to accommodate a more professional name that makes a little more sense, SIPper will now be known as mōVox. mōVox is a concatenation of the word "mobile" and the Latin root, "vox," which means "voice." Mobile Voice is what this application does.

Now that you know where things currently stand, please have a look at a few screen shots here: mōVox Screenshots

I will continue to post updates as events unfold. I'll also try to broaden the topic to include webOS development.

8 Comments:

Blogger james said...

Very cool. Please keep us posted on your progress. I'm a big fan of my pre and PBXinaflash. I'd be very happy to use the two together :)

Also, a suggestion for the name- vox has been used for all sorts of phone apps so how about loquax -to talk or one of the branch words
loquax : loquacis : talkative, loquacious, garrulous.

loquor : locutus : to say, speak, tell, declare.

just a thought :)

11:52 PM  
Blogger Donald C. Kirker said...

Thank you for the suggestions (I actually use a form of locutus in my personal email address :) ).

I picked mōVox because it was very easy to pronounce and spell.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Marcel said...

Great! I hope microphone api comes soon with webOS 2.0. Can`t wait for a VOIP-app :)

3:36 AM  
Blogger ipwiz said...

the microphone api is available to developersbsince the last update. So what is the current status?

1:32 AM  
Blogger Donald C. Kirker said...

webOS 2.0 is still under NDA, so I cannot discuss the status at the moment. Sorry.

11:29 AM  
Blogger JD said...

Hi,
Any update on mōVox are you still working on it?
Can we access to a beta version?

Does WebOS 2.0 provide support for it (I assume that you can talk about it, it is already released in France and UK)

Any chance to release it on preware using undocumented APIs?

5:38 AM  
Blogger David said...

Any news?

6:39 PM  
Blogger Donald C. Kirker said...

My apologies for the lack of update. Life has been, interesting and good, but busy. Anyway, I am working on things. With any luck, I will have something soon,

Please see my latest blog post.

We will have VoIP for webOS, even if I have to die trying! (Ok, maybe things aren't that extreme. :) ).

Thanks,
Donald

5:27 PM  

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