This week, Facebook introduced a new connected device for your home (albeit US-only for now), Facebook Portal and Portal+ which focuses on connecting you to others, hands-free, with an appliance-style device.
The company, which saw its trust ranking collapse in the 2018 FutureBrand Index, was at pains to explain the security features in its announcement for the device which is yet to have an Australian release date.
Mark Zuckerberg noticed that everyone is talking about how Facebook Portal is eavesdropping on their conversations and he decided to make the following statement: "Facebook Portal doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls". All the calls will be encrypted, and AI technology will run on the Portal, not on Facebook servers. The Facebook Portal, meanwhile, will likely not help downplay those concerns.
You can carry Portal with you to places so that there is this way to remotely accompany people you love to spend your time with! The Smart Camera "automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view", and the Smart Sound "minimizes background noise and enhances the voice of whoever is talking, no matter where they move". While Portal's camera doesn't use facial recognition and doesn't identify the user, it does follow users during video calls.
Social media giant Facebook has announced two new AI-powered devices - Portal and Portal+ - that let users do voice or video calls to other Facebook and Messenger users.
Portal also has Alexa built-in, so you can use it just like an Echo, including controlling your compatible smart home accessories with it.
Facebook is to offer Portal in two sizes - a US$199 model with a 10-inch horizontal screen and a US$349 "Plus" version with a 15.6-inch screen that can switch between vertical or horizontal orientations. The Facebook Portal and Portal+ are now available to pre-order in the USA from Facebook at portal.facebook.com, as well as Amazon and Best Buy. Spotify Premium, Pandora and iHeartRadio let users stream music on the devices, which also show programming from Facebook Watch, Food Network and Newsy.
Facebook assures those interested that the Portal devices are "built with privacy and security in mind".
Recall, Google is preparing a presentation of a miniature smartphone.
Facebook is offering Portal devices in discount bundles to urge people to buy them for relatives, Wired reported. Facebook came out on Monday with its video portal. You can bring Portal home for $199 Dollars and Portal+ for $349 USD.
However, the launch of the product comes at a tricky time for Facebook. There's also a physical camera cover to prevent recording.
When people are not on a call, Portal's "Superframe" can display favourite photos and videos and important notifications like birthday reminders.