Facebookhas presented this MondayPortal, an intelligent device with a screen for communication through video calls with thecontacts of the social network Facebook and the messaging application Messenger.
Portalemploys artificial intelligence applied to the camera andto the sound in the video call experience. It is a device that allows to maintain conversations with Facebook and Messenger contacts appearing full-body and with free hands. Supports group conversations of up to seven members.
As the company explains in a press release, users can call their social network contacts through the Portal, even if they do not have the device. As wellhas support for the Amazon assistant, Alexa, which allows control through voice commands.
Portal is available in two sizes, one standard, with a 10-inch screen in horizontal arrangement and a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and Portal +, witha size of 15 inches, in vertical, and resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and a base that allows it to pivot.
The company has assured that they are aware that thesecurity and privacyThey are important when users bring new technology to their homes. In this sense, he has highlighted different tools that allow managing these two parameters, such as the possibility of deactivating both the camera and the microphone, or the establishment of a password.
Regarding privacy, the company has specified that "does not listen or watch or save the contents of video calls"All the communication through this device is encrypted, and both the camera and the microphone have a crazy operation, that is, they are not linked to the Facebook servers.
Facebook has also ensured that the camera lacks facial recognition, and that it can not recognize the user. It does send voice commands to the company's servers after saying "Hey, Portal"-command that activates the device-, although the voice history, has qualified, it can be eliminated.
Both Portal and Portal +are available in pre-purchase in the United States, at a price of 199 dollars the standard model and of 349 dollars the largest. Shipments will be made in November.