Facebook launches AI-powered Portal

Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices

Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices

Order now Facebook Portal at a price of 199 dollars, and Portal + for $ 349.

The privacy questions regarding the Facebook calling device are further fueled by the social media's fresh fallout with users following a data breach scandal involving millions of users and the Portal's recording abilities.

The device is capable of residing anywhere inside your home let it be your kitchen table, living room or bedroom.

On Monday, October 8, the company introduced Portal and Portal+, screens created to provide users an immersive and engaging video chat experience without all the distractions.

Facebook's Portal shares some of the traits of smart speakers like "Google Home" and Amazon's "Echo" with its voice activated assistant, "Alexa".

The device is known by the name of "Portal" and Facebook is trying to advertising it as a way for its more than 2 billion users to chat without having to worry about positioning and controlling the device during video calls.

The device features a camera that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically pan and zoom as people move around during calls. Not just that, but Facebook Portal also features a special software that enhances the sound of people's voices in order to make commands clearer according to Facebook.

Facebook Inc. constantly asks its users how they're feeling about the social network.

Nice tag lines aside, the camera has some smarts in it that allow it to follow your movement and keep everyone in view. Others have said it's a good idea but the timing of the product's launch is problematic. Despite the recently reported data breach that may have compromised the data of 50 million users, Facebook made a decision to launch the device to be able to participate in the upcoming holiday shopping season.

Now, if you believe Facebook, these are secure devices: you can disable the 12MP camera and microphone with one tap, and/or use the built-in camera cover to block the lens (IMHO, something all computers and smart devices should come with). Additionally, the company promised not to "listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls" and for added security the device does not utilize facial recognition. Facebook has declared that they will keep the process on the device instead of keeping it on the cloud to cater to the security issues. "We have worked hard to ensure the AI is on the device and we think this is a breakthrough for the industry". "We've seen a rise of video calling, on both Messenger and WhatsApp - it has been a tremendous trend." . You have to sacrifice one of your arms. There's no speck of Instagram or Whatsapp in the platform and one can not connect via normal Facebook messages.

Facebook's Portal and Portal+ will be rolling out in the USA from Facebook, Amazon, and Best Buy, and will begin shipping in November. This version also has a slightly larger display (15 inches compared to Portal's 10).

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