Regardless Of Consumer Security Concerns Facebook Enters The Smart Home Market With Their Portal Video Display
Rafa Camargo, vice-president of Facebook’s Building 8 hardware lab, talks about physics. Their latest project, Portal and Portal Plus, is based on this.
These are two video chat devices designed to make it feel as if you’re hanging out in the same room with family and friends who happen to be thousands of miles away — hopefully without any discernible audio delay.
It lets the users chat over Facebook Messenger. Smart Camera by Facebook is an AI that tracks people’s movements and zooms into the picture and frames it so the user does not have to do it. The trigger word for Portal is “Hey, Portal!”
Portal currently uses Amazon’s Alexa but is looking add Google Assistant as well. Once it is in, the users can choose whichever one they are most comfortable with. They are also in a partnership with Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. It can display pictures from your feed, let you watch videos, and alert you about important dates. Both the devices display augmented reality effects which could be great for storytelling.
The Portal Video Display is a risky venture for Facebook with its past with security breaches. Portal’s AI tech does not run on Facebook’s servers but instead on the device. Maybe the security is looking up.
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