Facebook introduced its own gadget for a smart home

  • Facebook introduced its own gadget for a smart home

Facebook introduced its own gadget for a smart home

"Smart Camera stays with the action and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view". The two devices come with built-in speakers and webcams, and can stand upright or horizontally on a surface.

It is programmed to capture quality sound, minimize the background noise, provide real-time video call experience to users. Plus, you can have immersive group conversations with up to seven people (eight including Alexa) to make it feel like old times. However, it will not be possible to record. Additionally, one may also watch shows from Facebook Watch, If not this, there are other verified apps for idle browsing called Pandora, Spotify or the news service known as Newsy! Nonetheless, the company is pressing on with plans, and has announced two new devices-Portal and Portal+ video calling.

The company revealed the pair, Portal and Portal+, on its website yesterday along with a video showcasing the product's aim, where people were sent the device and asked to try it out. Portal plays your favorite music, and powerful speakers will fill your room with rich, hi-fi sound 2 Full-Range Drivers 10w Rich Sound.

Portal marks Facebook's foray into the smart speakers segment, taking on other tech giants like Amazon, Google and Apple. There is a $50 rebate applicable on both devices as a one-time offer for the initial buyers who place their orders before November 12, which is also when the device will start to ship. Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls and video calls on Portal are encrypted, so your calls are always secure. The larger Portal+ is available at a price of $349 and has a 15-inch rotating screen on a bulky mount with a camera on top.

So, to me, it feels like Facebook had a couple of reasons to go with Amazon over Google here- - pushing the "built with Alexa" gets more hype and attention, as Amazon has done a masterful job in marketing its smart assistant. If you have seen the Amazon Echo Show before, then you probably have an idea what the smaller Portal looks like.

"You can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap".

Facebook Messenger is still the main feature of Portal, which uses that service to ring up your friends on the screen.

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.

Although Facebook acquired virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus in 2014, this is the first time it has developed a consumer hardware product in-house. Facebook will be faced with the steep obstacle of once again having to build consumer trust if they want its Portal line to be successful and compete with industry leaders. The firm estimated that device makers shipped almost 12 million smart speakers in Q2 2018, about 8 million more than a year ago.