[email protected]      +1 765-200-0323

Facebook is set to launch its own smart home device next week

Facebook is set to launch its own smart home device next week
By: Mashable Posted On: September 21, 2018 View: 15

Facebook is set to launch its own smart home device next week

Portal is the company's first device outside of Oculus.
Portal is the company's first device outside of Oculus.
Image: Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Facebook is apparently set to release its own video chat device, Portal, next week.

As reported by Cheddar, the device is Facebook's first foray into consumer tech outside of Oculus, and is similar to Amazon's recently-updated Echo Show.

The outlet's source said the device will come in two screen sizes, and could cost around $400 for the larger size, while the smaller version could be priced at $300. That's compared to $229.99 for the Echo Show.

These devices were due to be unveiled at the tech company's F8 conference in May, but Facebook held off due to intense public scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year, Bloomberg reported.

Concerns over the diminishing public trust in Facebook led to the inclusion of a privacy shutter in front of Portal's wide-angle video camera. The device uses AI to recognise people in the frame and follow people as they move around the room.

It'll also have Alexa voice assistant integration, and lets users play music, watch videos, get cooking recipes, and receive news briefings.

Portal is reportedly the result of Facebook's Building 8, a secretive R&D centre for hardware projects. 

The device is part of Facebook's plans to get people to video chat on its platform. 

But given the company's well-publicised issues with data privacy issues and how much data it has on users, putting a connected device in their home might not sit well with many people.

Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f86652%2fd77983a6 a32a 42a0 b26e 62d45ad9e8a7

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Read this on Mashable
  Contact Us
  World News Guru ( Global Ads Media Project )

1408 S Wester Ave Marion Indiana 46953 USA

Tel : +1 765 200 0323
Mail : [email protected]
Business Hours : 6:30 - 00:30

  Follow Us
Site Map
Show site map
  About

World News Guru is completely free and offers a broad range of media content from a varied and extensive range of sources. A global leader in online news, World News Guru Network presents news from more than 750 reputable sources including mainstream providers BBC, CNN, Reuters, Washington Post, The New York Times etc to more regional and localized sources. We deliver unparalleled coverage on a vast range of subjects. This provides users with a variety of perspectives and different interpretations on breaking news events.