Facebook has launched its first hardware product in the form of a countertop video chat screen called Portal that automatically zooms in and out to always keep users in the frame. Priced at $199 for a 10-inch Portal and $349 for 15.6-inch Portal+, the devices are enabled with “Hey Portal” voice navigation and come with voice-activated music and Facebook messenger.
The social media company on Monday evening launched Portal and Portal+ smart cameras with large screens, which will allow people to make immersive video calls. They’ve got “Hey Portal” voice navigation, Facebook Messenger for video calls with family, Spotify and Pandora for Bluetooth and voice-activated music, Facebook Watch and soon more video content providers, augmented reality Story Time for kids, a third-party app platform, and it becomes a smart photo/video frame when idle.
“Smart Camera stays with the action and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view. Smart Sound minimizes background noise and enhances the voice of whoever is talking, no matter where they move. It’s like having your own cinematographer and sound crew direct your personal video calls,” says the company.