I watched three different OpusUna demos. The first was a Hollywood Squares-type demo where audio and video feeds from a teacher and several students were able to chat about a virtual class assignment. In another "Morning Call" demo, financial analysts were able to collaborate using real-time news and data. A third TeleMedicine demo featured a cooperative Web whiteboard used by remote care givers, where the whiteboard included x-ray images and other medical information that could be used for diagnosis, therapy, and education. Boloker explained that the medical information could include medical images, live two-way audio and video between patients and doctors, patient medical records, and output data from medical devices like EKG or sound files.
Gisolfi explained how OpusUna extends the browser metaphor beyond current Web technology to integrate video, voice, and Ajax widgets in a single Web container. By augmenting Web mashups with high-definition video conferencing, he said, OpusUna apps can inject the immediacy of remote human interactions into the Web experience, which can create a "situational Web application." Situational applications are a way for knowledge workers or people with domain expertise to create applications in a very short time that can solve their own problems.
OpusUna currently works with Apple's Safari browser, but Boloker said IBM had plans to extend the software to Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox in the first quarter of 2009. He said several different OpusUna proof-of-concept projects were currently being incubated with "well-qualified" customers, including hospitals in New Zealand and Australia who were interested in working with IBM to translate the TeleMedicine proof of concept into working applications because of the large distances separating patients and medical professionals in those countries.