Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices

Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices

Meanwhile, both the Portal version will have the same 12MP camera though the Portal will come with a 10 w speaker while the same on the Portal+ will be of 20 w.

The device is relatively straightforward and is similar to the Echo Show, from Jeff Bezos's Amazon.

The devices' "smart camera" and "smart sound" technology will give the Portal and Portal+ the ability to focus and follow a person and the sound of one's voice around a room, creating an effect that Facebook said is "like having your own cinematographer and sound crew".

Hardware: Portal has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display. 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. Still, it's not clear what other kinds of data Facebook will collect about Portal users, such as geographic location, programming preferences or other behavior.

Portal, of course, is not quite an original device. The fast-changing dynamics of the smartphone and mobile app industry convinced him to take the Facebook to the next level - beyond the app. Oculus, Portal devices could be the just beginning, but provide us with some sense how Facebook would be functioning in the future.

New from Facebook, Portal and the larger Portal+ look like smart speakers with video displays; at first glance, they might be mistaken for Amazon's Echo Show. The AI tech used for the Smart Camera and Smart Sound runs locally from the Portal device and not on Facebook servers.

Google Shutters Google+ Following Privacy Vulnerability
In a blog post , Google said the information that was exposed includes full names, email addresses, occupation, gender and age.

Facebook has since reasserted itself as a guarantor of privacy. With such a device at home, some users may worry that their conversations at home may be recorded and passed on to third parties without their consent.

However, Facebook is aware of this long-drawn perception and has been clear at addressing these concerns beforehand. The regular Portal blends in easily in couched rooms, say the kitchen or above a TV. Even with the disable button and the camera cover on the Portal. That isn't all as users will also have the option to sync tune from Pandora or Spotify that they might be listening to. "All the calls are always completely private". Now Facebook are hoping to let friends and family feel closer with the introduction of Portal and Portal+.

Unfortunately, such data breaches have reduced the people's trust in the social network over the past few months.

When you turn on Home and Away, Portal will use your mobile phone and Portal's location to know when you're home and available to call.

According to Google, Home Hub aims is to create "a more helpful, thoughtful home". These voice-activated gadgets see the social media giant going into competition with Amazon, Apple, Google and others, all of whom seek to be the maker of the device that sits in the corner of everyone's homes responding to shouted commands.

Like this: