"Facebook's like ... look at this cool new gadget that eavesdrops on you and does creepy stuff with the info it collects, '" tweeted Ido Kolovaty, a professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Featuring a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, Portal from Facebook improves video calling hands and distraction free.
Called Portal, the tablet-like device with a 10-inch screen allows users to make video calls with their voice over Facebook's Messenger app.
London- Facebook on Monday launched a range of AI-powered video-calling devices, a strategic revolution for the social network giant which is aiming for a slice of the smart speaker market that is now dominated by Amazon and Google.
When you're not using the Portal, a feature called Superframe will let you display your favorite photos and videos or important notifications such as birthday reminders.
The larger Portal+ has a 15.6-inch, 1920x1080 display that can be oriented vertically or horizontally.
The Portal also has a button on the top that cuts off its microphone and camera.
You will also be able to set a passcode to better lock down the system, or turn on Home and Away mode so Portal knows to send Messenger calls to your phone when you're out of the house. Well now we finally get to see them for ourselves, properly, because the company just announced tow Alexa-enabled smart displays: the Portal and Portal+. However, putting history aside, Facebook chose to launch their first Facebook-branded piece of hardware today, the Portal. "We want to remove people from feeling that they are on a call - to the feeling of just being together", says Rafa Camargo, a Facebook vice president overseeing the product.
Facebook is emphasizing using Portal and Portal Plus for video calls.
Facebook said that despite this it doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of video calls, which are encrypted. If not, you'll want to avoid Portal, its new smart displays focused on video chat.
But the Portal, reportedly delayed from an earlier launch by the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, will pay an extra price for Facebook's years of playing fast and loose with our privacy. There's also a physical camera cover to prevent recording.
Although Facebook acquired virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus in 2014, this is the first time it has developed a consumer hardware product in-house. Even as these two tech giants team up, though, Facebook has asserted ownership over the device by offering its own voice controls, as well. You can ask the device questions by using the voice command, 'Hey Portal'.
The device is controlled via voice commands, users can start a video call with a Facebook friend by saying "Hey Portal, call ..." followed by the name of the Facebook contact they wish to talk to.