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Telephony hacks

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A normal phone can be used to hack up innovative solutions. Cloud telephony services have made it easier for people to build telephony applications.

Cloud telephony service providers have the following things in common:

1.They provide a web based API using which users can call telephony applications like dial, get dtmf, record audio, play audio etc.
2.They take care of hardware setup and phone number provisioning so that you can worry only about your application.
3.Most of them have a pay for what you use policy so the initial setup costs are negligent.

This technology has had a disruptive effect on telephony applications. Now developers can use their existing programming skills of java,php,ruby,c,c++ etc to develop telephony applications. This has led to a spurt in telephony applications with an innovative mix of web applications with telephone based services.(TwitterVoice)

With the advent of KooKoo these kind of services are available in India also.

Some well known cloud telephony services are:



You can find around 150 Twilio mashups at the programmable web directory http://www.programmableweb.com/api/twilio/mashups.


Using these services, we can hack together innovative stuff like:


1. Switching on a bulb by making a call (Hello hardware hackers, we need your help here)

2. Call to know your horoscope.

3. Birthday reminder. Store all your friend's birthdays. When the birthday comes, you will get a call first and KooKoo will inform you  whose birthday it is and then it will call your friend so that you can wish him/her. Never forget a birthday. Can be applied for other occasions.

4. Phone idol: Anyone can call and sing a song. The best songs can be voted  and the Idol can be chosen.


etc etc. 


Let me know what you guys think about this. If you want, I can give a lightning pitch on how to build apps on KooKoo.


p.s.: I asked Anil permission to put up this page. Hope its ok

Comments (6)

Rwik Mukhopadhyay said

at 2:00 pm on Jul 28, 2011

I have googoled about this stuff, but couldn't find anything which can be used in india. It's nice to know KooKoo has arrived. I am very much interested in experimenting with this stuff, would love to hear more from you. Since my skill set includes only c++ & qt :(and a bit of php) , I would prefer if you provide more details on c++ based developments.

Chaitanya said

at 5:04 pm on Jul 29, 2011

Great to hear your interest in KooKoo.Lets discuss at the meet.You cannot miss me. I will be the black bald guy in a white KooKoo t-shirt :)

Rwik Mukhopadhyay said

at 7:28 pm on Jul 29, 2011

I will dfntly lookout for you. in case i dont find you, will mail you.

Rwik Mukhopadhyay said

at 1:30 pm on Jul 30, 2011

Still haven't seen you :(

Chaitanya said

at 3:03 pm on Jul 30, 2011

I am wearing a white KooKoo t-shirt and my twitter id is @nutanc

Chaitanya said

at 2:52 am on Jul 31, 2011

Tweet me your location and I will come find you :)

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