Facebook Unveils Smart Home Device Amid Privacy Concerns

Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices

Powered by AI, the smart camera on the Portal devices stays with the action and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view when moving around.

Portal has a smart camera and a smart sound technology that could focus on whoever is talking, even if he or she is walking around the room. However, it will not be possible to record.

Voice assistants Portal - the first gadgets to be released under the brand Facebook.

On Monday, Twitter users were quick to point to Facebook's privacy fallacies and what they saw as the company's impudence in asking people to trust it with a camera called Portal inside their homes. Portal's camera doesn't use facial recognition and doesn't identify who you are.

Portal speakers are meant to aid in video calls though skeptics are concerned this might prove to be another avenue for hackers. Spotify Premium, Pandora and iHeartRadio let users stream music on the devices, which also show programming from Facebook Watch, Food Network and Newsy. Portal has Amazon Alexa built in for plenty of extra functionality like asking for sports scores, about the weather forecast, controlling smart home devices, ordering gifts and groceries, and more. 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.

Mark Zuckerberg noticed that everyone is talking about how Facebook Portal is eavesdropping on their conversations and he decided to make the following statement: "Facebook Portal doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls". You can also receive $100 United States dollars off any two devices - this means a bundle of two Portal devices will be priced at $298 USD, so you can share the experience right out of the box.

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The smaller 10-inch, 720p screen comes with two speakers, and goes on sale next month for $199.

Even if those you want to connect with don't have a Portal device, you can still use yours to get in touch via Facebook Messenger.

Nick Fell, marketing director for the Portal team, said, "We set out to try and make video calling so good that it feels like you're sharing the same physical space as someone else." . The microphone and camera can be fully disabled with just one tap, and each device comes with a camera cover for added security.

The product only launched in the U.S. on Monday and now doesn't ship beyond the states.

For those not jazzed about giving Facebook that much access, maybe don't buy the Portal. If you have seen the Amazon Echo Show before, then you probably have an idea what the smaller Portal looks like. But there are still a lot of security concerns associated with Facebook's Portal making it to homes.

The devices will feature voice control, similar to Google Home and Amazon Alexa, along with integration with Facebook's social media services and its Messenger communications platform.

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