May 26, 2022

If you want to integrate video or audio calls into your product, you don’t need to build it from the beginning. If you don’t have super specific requirements, there are SDKs that can help you get the most work done if your budget allows.

One such SDK is Diete, whose team announced this week a $11.6 million seed round. Diet bills itself as the “most developer-friendly” option and focuses on a few key points: fast integration, easy yet flexible customization, and extensibility through real-time interactive plugins.

The latter seems especially neat. In addition to the SDK for video/audio calls, they have developed an additional SDK for creating interactive experiences. Above from those calls. Some of the examples they showed me were things like a shared web browser, a collaborative whiteboard, simple turn-based games, and a built-in file viewer where one person can talk while another, for example, moves through slides (reading them). ). ) Share your screen – just upload a slideshow file.) These Javascript-based plugins have access to metadata such as the role of each user, so for example you can make it so that only certain users can control the file viewer, or create a game , in which the host of the call can see what the players cannot see.

On the more user-centric side, Dyte offers a lot more than you’d expect from a video chat platform: various display layouts, chat and polls, screen sharing, background removal/replacement tools, and more.

Screenshot of the Dyte analysis interface

image credit: diet

Behind the scenes, they made the setup as easy as possible. During a video chat with Dyte co-founder Abhishek Kankani (on Dyte itself, of course), Kankani had a gaming-updates-style chat interface (complete with TC branding and lots of greenery) and few of them launched within minutes. With the same modifiers, he was able to control which of the above plugins are visible to users, change the appearance of the common interface and which features are visible, and set user roles.

Kankani told me that he built everything with developers in mind, as co-founders are lifelong developers themselves; The team prides itself on its documentation and “super-fast” implementation.

“We’ve been programming for a very long time, haven’t we?” Kankani says. “I have been programming since the fifth grade. My co-founder…maybe [longer] From him Therefore, we understand the challenges that you as a developer face when using the product, and we have created a product that we would very much like to use.”

Diet is charged per user per month based on the number of minutes used by the team, with the first 10,000 minutes per month currently free. Optional things like allowing users to record calls to the cloud or broadcast calls to other platforms via RTMP (such as broadcasting live events) drive up that price even more.

Screenshot of the Dyte setup screen

image credit: diet

Kankani told me that the round was backed by several angel investors, including Unbound, Surge (an early initiative of Sequoia Capital India), Nexus Venture Partners and Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt, and Abhinav Astana, founder of Postman.

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