Earlier today, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the release of their long-awaited technology Portal – a device he described as a technology that makes video calling feel a lot more like hanging out.
In his timeline post, Mark, CEO Facebook explained Portal as an AI-powered Smart Camera and Smart Sound technology that will focus on whoever’s talking even
Portal is hands-free, voice-controlled and has Amazon Alexa built in. This device can be used to call anyone on Facebook Messager as such you can connect with friends and family even if they don’t have
The device comes in both 10″ version and a 15″ version which is a nice big screen size. So it’s great for feeling like you’re right there with someone.
Mark says, ” Our girls use Portal to call their grandparents before bedtime so they can read books together.”
Portal is great for this because they don’t have to hold a phone or tablet and the AI camera just naturally keeps them in the frame no matter where you are in the room.
He also mentioned,”Our girls don’t use a lot of screens yet, but we’re happy for them to do video calls to see their grandparents or so I can see them when I’m traveling.”
About Privacy, Mark says Privacy has been deeply incorporated into Portal.
The device comes with a physical cover for the camera and there’s a built-in hardware button to turn off the camera and microphone.
Facebook doesn’t listen to, view, or keep the contents of your calls in any way. Your calls will be completely private.
You can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap, or block the camera lens with the camera cover provided.
Facebook doesn’t listen to, view or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. Your Portal conversations stay between you and the people you’re calling.
For added security, Smart Camera uses AI technology that runs locally on Portal, not on Facebook servers. Portal’s camera does not use facial recognition and does not identify who you are.
Like other voice-enabled devices, Portal only sends voice commands to Facebook servers after you say, “Hey Portal.” You can delete Portal’s voice history in your Facebook Activity Log.
Portal has Alexa built-in, so you can ask a question, set a timer, add items to your shopping list, control your smart home and more. Just ask.
Portal comes in three packages; Portal with 10.1” Display comes at cost of $199 while the other two at $298 and portal plus at $349 15.6” Display.
If you’re someone who does a lot of video calls with family, loved ones or significant others, we believe this product will work magic for you.
According to Facebook CEO, Portal will start shipping month in time for the holidays, and it’s available now for pre-order at http://portal.facebook.com