Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Facebook unveils Portal and Portal

Facebook unveils Portal and Portal

Featuring a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, Portal from Facebook improves video calling hands and distraction free.

As previously rumored, the Portal family will have two versions: The more affordable Portal model priced at $199, and the high-end Portal+ that will cost $399. For those who are fearless enough with their data to purchase two, there's a $100 discount.

Facebook today jumped into smart devices with the launch of the Portal and Portal+ displays.

All of the video chatting features you would find on Facebook are there, including group chat with multiple people, stickers, and effects. It is available for pre-order now.

These calls include entertaining augmented-reality features that can outfit users with cat hats or turn their living rooms into animated night clubs.

Facebook's release of Portal comes at a time when the social network is under intense scrutiny around the world. Google and Apple each have their own. And to start the call, all it takes is: "Hey Portal". The larger variant looks more distinctive, with a swiveling 15.6 inch screen that lets you orient it in landscape or portrait.

That said, Facebook says Portal does not collect any information about people's home, listening only for voice commands. Sadly neither of them are going to be available outside the U.S. for the immediate future. Facebook also says the new devices don't "listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls", encrypting all video calls as they happen on the device.

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While Facebook's video calling smart home devices have always been in the works, the wake of another major data privacy scandal doesn't feel like the best time for a product launch. Smart Camera helps you read a fun story via a simple teleprompter, perfectly framed, while your loved ones on the other side watch as your face and voice transform into the story's characters.

The company worked with a United States film director in order to make the camera movements feel natural, said Nick Fell, marketing director for the Portal team. The screens are powered by artificial intelligence that can follow a person as they move around the room.

"We know that privacy and security are important when you bring new technology into your home". There's also a physical camera cover provided with each Portal and Portal+ unit, as well as a button allowing you to "completely" disable the camera and microphone. However, a Facebook representative said Facebook won't deliver ads to the device even through Watch. These speakers can serve as hub-like controllers for "smart" homes as people install appliances, lighting and security systems that can be controlled over the internet.

Portal can be passcode protected. Nevertheless, smart displays that have a primary focus of chatting with Facebook Messenger will be a hard sell for many. The only time Facebook will send anything through its servers is after you initiate a "Hey Portal" command. All other functions are local (aside from certain Alexa functions when you say "Hey Alexa").

For those not jazzed about giving Facebook that much access, maybe don't buy the Portal.

Both the Portal and Portal+ are available to pre-order today, though as I said they're restricted to the U.S. for the time being. Why?

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