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Facebook to launch a smart display device similar to Amazon Echo Show this week: Report

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook reportedly shelved its plan to launch 'Portal' last minute.

  • Published: September 24, 2018 10:46 AM IST
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Facebook reportedly has plan to unveil a new video chat device with a smart display device called ‘Portal’. According to a new report from Cheddar, Facebook will unveil the device for home this week, and it’ll come in two screen sizes.

Citing unnamed sources, the report claims that Facbeook will be unveiling the Portal ‘video chat device’ with similar features like the Amazon Echo Show. The device will sporting a smart display and a camera for video chatting purposes and facial recognition.

Facebook had plans to announce alleged ‘Portal’ during its annual F8 developer conference in May, but after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, these plans were shelved last minute.

Privacy is now a big concern for Facebook, and according to report, Facebook’s upcoming Portal device will feature a privacy shutter that can cover the device’s wide-angle video camera. The device uses artificial intelligence (AI) “to recognize people in the frame and follow them as they move throughout a room,”, and Facebook recently developed shutter after the controversial Cambridge Analytica issue.

Aside from its AI-powered video chat camera, this new Portal device will feature integration with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. It’ll let users play music, watch videos, see cooking recipes, and more. The device is said to be in testing for now, and it’ll start around $300 (approximately Rs. 21,000). There will be a big screen variant too, which will cost around $400 (approximately Rs. 28,000). It is also been reported that Facebook employees have been testing it for months, and the company has already shown it to major retailers in the United States.

  • Published Date: September 24, 2018 10:46 AM IST