Facebook unveils Portal and Portal

Facebook wants people to invite its cameras into their homes

Although Facebook acquired virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus in 2014, this is the first time it has developed a consumer hardware product in-house.

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.

Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. But the company has collaborated with Amazon to build-in Alexa as voice AI, delivering the functionality of an Echo device.

The higher-priced Portal's screen is 15.6 inches, versus 10 inches. "It starts at $199 for a 10" display and goes up to $349 with a huge 15.6" display for the Portal+ model.

In addition to their price and size differences, the Portal+ has a more powerful speaker that includes two tweeters with high-range frequency and a single, four-inch bass speaker for richer sound. Both come in white or black.

Users will also be able to stream audio from Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio-and share it with others on their call-as well as watch videos on the device.

CNBC reports that shortly after Facebook's latest user data leak, the company wants consumers to install a Facebook-manufactured camera into their homes.

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The company worked with a United States film director in order to make the camera movements feel natural, said Nick Fell, marketing director for Facebook´s Portal team.

If multiple people are in front of the camera, the Portal will use a wide-angle lens to fit everyone in.

Facebook has also built technology to ensure that the webcam can track and pan around the room, keeping the caller in-frame without requiring them to sit or stand in one position, or constantly readjust the device.

This uses the Portal's Smart camera feature to transform your face and voice into those of the story's characters, meaning you can still give your kids (or your pets) un-rivaled bedtime tales no matter how far away you are. Powered by Facebook Messenger, Portal can be used to conduct video chats with other Portal users, or those using Messenger on mobile devices or desktops. Amazon's Echo Show can make video Drop-In calls as well as video calls through the Alexa app. Amazon will be adding support for Skype video chatting in the future, too.

It's even odder from Zuckerberg, who famously puts tape over his laptop's camera to protect his own privacy. You can use the Portal hands-free by using the command "Hey Portal", and it also has Amazon's Alexa built-in so you can access all of its great features as well. If you preorder, though, you can save $100 when buying two Portal devices at once.

Click below to pre-order your Facebook Portal or Facebook Portal Plus today!

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