Sources say that in This year, the secret unit of Facebook called Building 8 is ready to release the device Portal - A smart camera for video chats and social networks, rumors about which appeared last summer. Presumably, it can compete with smart columns Echo Show from Amazon.
What is it and for what it is necessary
Portal is a large screen with wide-angle camera, microphone and speakers with artificial intelligence. is he will be integrated with social networks. FROM You can use the device to communicate by video chat, watch movies and series and listen to music (thanks to the support of streaming services like Netflix and Spotify), and You can also manage your accounts (for example, putting on Facebook) with voice commands.
Also, the device will have a face recognition function, through which it will recognize its owner and will open his account in Facebook.
What they say
AT Facebook has not yet comment on this information, but Head Building 8 Andrew " Bos " Bosworth said: " Do not I can comment on the assumptions, but I confirm that this will be an impressive year for AR / VR. "
While it is not clear, can whether the Portal become an indispensable gadget in your collection, or It will be another thing " it 's unclear why, not it is known, on koi ... "You can argue after the official presentation of the device - a she, by sources, will be held on conference F8 in beginning of May.
Sales in The United States should begin the second half of the year, the estimated cost - $ 499, which is twice as expensive as same Echo Show from Amazon.