Facebook Launches Video Calling Portals

12 Octubre, 2018, 05:09 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices

Facebook sends voice commands to its servers after users say "Hey Portal" to wake up the device, and that voice history can be deleted from a Facebook Activity Log.

Gadgets out in a competitive market, where they will face the foremost smart column display Echo Show from Amazon, says Bloomberg.

"With a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, Portal from Facebook improves video calling and lets you enjoy quality time with family and friends".

For privacy and security, the Smart Camera and Smart Sound use AI technology that runs locally on Portal, not on Facebook servers. Their Smart Camera is set to follow the movements and keep everyone in the frame: as more people enter into the room, the SC will automatically widen to keep everyone in view, but giving you the option to focus in one person (Spotlight mode). Simultaneously the audio system filters out background noise and enhances voice.

Google and Facebook have joined Amazon in offering the next wave of home speakers, Alexa with a twist, with a video display. Facebook has done this to give an assurance to its users that it is not watching their moves. To change the passcode, users require to provide your Facebook password.

To allay privacy concerns, Facebook said it doesn't listen to, view or keep the contents of video calls, which are encrypted for security.

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Facebook says Portal does not collect information about people's home, listening only for voice commands.

Calls can also be routed to the Messenger app on other kinds of devices although some functionality is lost.

Portal offers hands-free voice control. Above you can see the hardware camera cover in action and you can disable the camera and mic in software with a single tap.

"The first thing consumers are going to wonder if 'how much sensitive data is this collecting about me?'" said John Breyault, Vice President of Public Policy of Telecommunications and Fraud at the National Consumers League, a Washington-based consumer advocacy group that has received donations from Facebook and other tech companies. But it also uses Alexa as the voice assistant for the devices. Launch partners include Spotify Premium, Pandora, and iHeartRadio, as well as, Facebook Watch, Food Network and Newsy More are promised soon.

Users can also make calls to their Facebook and Messenger friends, even if the other person doesn't own a Portal device. You can also use the touchscreen to start a call. There were almost 1 billion video calls made on Messenger in 2017, and it was double the number than the calls made in 2016. Facebook's "Portal" is made specifically for making video calls. A handful of animated e-books will also be included for interactive story time. More on, Story Time brings stories to life with custom sound effects and visuals.

There are two models, which are now available for pre-order in the United States from the official Facebook Portal website as well as selected retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy. The Portal Plus costs $349 and a 1080p screen that rotates into either portrait or landscape mode with a gentle push.



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