Portal: New home device from Facebook

Facebook представила розумний екран Portal

Nick Fell, marketing director for the Portal team, said, "We set out to try and make video calling so good that it feels like you're sharing the same physical space as someone else." . As opposed to using facial recognition technology, it uses computer vision to discern people in the frame.

The product can be used to call anyone on Facebook Messenger, allowing users to connect with family and friends, even those who don't have Portal.

Taylor Hatmaker at TechCrunch makes the point that while the device could be seen as useful for people and may indeed prove popular, the market timing for its debut is pretty poor, considering many people are looking at ways to manage and scale back their usage of the Facebook platform.

The product only launched in the USA on Monday and now doesn't ship beyond the states.

Facebook introduced the first gadget of its own design - a line of smart screens Portal, the company said. "You can also opt for a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 pivoting display with Portal+", Facebook said in a statement.

Portal, of course, is not quite an original device. Facebook said the Portal will even be able to communicate with those who might not have the speaker installed at their end.

Facebook has launched a range of AI-powered video calling devices recently.

Facebook made a decision to postpone the release of its internet-connected home camera shortly after because of the swell of public distrust that followed the controversy, according to a Bloomberg report.

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According to Facebook, this makes the video chat more of a natural process without the usual worry of keeping certain angles.

With Facebook Messenger installed on Portal, which allows users to place calls via the Messenger, Facebook Portal clearly has more advantage over Google and Amazon's smart home devices.

In the coming battle of the talking video speakers, Google is selling YouTube, Amazon looks to Prime Video, and with Facebook, it's about the social network.

It should be noted that the company actually delayed the release of Facebook Portal until after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Their fears were compounded when Facebook revealed another security breach in late September, when hackers were able to enter its computer network, exposing the personal information of almost 50 million users. But it also uses Alexa as the voice assistant for the devices.

In terms of privacy, Facebook claims the calls are encrypted and that Facebook does not listen in or save a copy of them. Facebook has declared that they will keep the process on the device instead of keeping it on the cloud to cater to the security issues. "We have worked hard to ensure the AI is on the device and we think this is a breakthrough for the industry".

The rate of video calling on Messenger and WhatsApp is on the increase and Facebook is not disputing how awesome it could be on our phones. You have to sacrifice one of your arms. Apple also offers FaceTime video chat on iPads that use WiFi or cellular connections.

Now the devices are available for pre-order in the United States at $199 for Portal, and $349 for Portal plus.

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