Facebook Launches AI-Powered Video Calling Devices

Facebook Launches AI-Powered Video Calling Devices

The company, which saw its trust ranking collapse in the 2018 FutureBrand Index, was at pains to explain the security features in its announcement for the device which is yet to have an Australian release date.

Facebook says it does not record, listen to, view or otherwise analyse the content of calls on its servers, and the data involved is encrypted.

Facebook says it would not store Portal video on its data centers. But the company also says the camera and microphone can be "completely" disabled with a single tap. However, buyers can get two Portal devices as a bundle for Dollars 298, which is USD 100 off. It supports group calls of up to seven people at the same time.

Portal's camera, which uses a form of artificial intelligence to recognise body shapes, is a major marketing point, offering users the convenience of staying in the frame without having to adjust the device. The Portal and Portal+ camera automatically follows and reframes you during a video chat.

Portal also has Alexa built-in, so you can use it just like an Echo, including controlling your compatible smart home accessories with it.

The Portal is a 10-inch, 1,280-by-800 display, while the 1,920-by-1,080 Portal+ comes in at 15 inches.

Facebook's Portal and Portal+ will be rolling out in the U.S. from Facebook, Amazon, and Best Buy, and will begin shipping in November.

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"Frankly if we don't build the hardware, I do have concerns", Facebook's vice president of consumer hardware Andrew Bosworth admitted, saying it was crucial to put "people first" whether delivering a platform for virtual reality or augmented reality. Portal plays your favorite music, and powerful speakers will fill your room with rich, hi-fi sound 2 Full-Range Drivers 10w Rich Sound.

You can call Facebook friends and connections on Messenger even if they don't have Portal.

Facebook Portal owners will be able to call other users who have the device as well as Facebook Messenger apps on smartphones and tablets.

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

To address the security question, obviously Facebook are conscious of the sensitivity around secure communications, Anyone with a connected device, has considered the potential security implication of the communication not being private and are happy continue to use the service.

The Portal also shares quite some similarity with the Echo Show, or for that matter, any speaker with an integrated display. The company has been working on video conference hardware for some time but chose to put the project on hold earlier this year because of public outrage about Facebook's data-privacy practices.

As Facebook is aware of privacy concerns, the cameras in the Portal and Portal+ come with a cover that can easily block the camera's lens at any time and the user can still receive incoming calls and notifications, plus use voice commands.

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