Chrome 21.0.1180.15 released to the Beta Channel for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame, now allows you to grant web apps access to your camera and microphone right within the browser, without a plug-in using getUserMedia API.
The getUserMedia API also allows sites to create cool new experiences that weren't previously possible in the browser. This is the first big step for WebRTC, a new real-time communications standard that aims to allow high-quality video and audio communication on the web. In addition, getUserMedia can be combined with other platform features like CSS filters and WebGL to render effects as the <video> is captured.
"For example, you can rotate the video (see second embedd below) and add hipstery filters, play a xylophone with motion detection, try on glasses with face detection, and step into a photobooth with crazy effects like "Snow" and "Fire"," informs Google.
Paul Neave has also made a beautiful photo booth app called "Webcam Toy," which has dozens of effects to explore--my favorites are "Snow" and "Fire."
Google's Chrome team also bundled in today's beta release a new and improved printing experience for "Google Cloud Print," with that now your printers in Google Cloud Print are integrated right into Chrome's print dialog, so you can easily print to your Cloud Ready printer, Google Drive, Chrome on your mobile device, or one of over 1,800 FedEx Offices.
Download latest Chrome Beta here.