Facebook has tried its hand at hardware in the past with the Facebook Phone made by HTC which failed miserably. This time around Facebook wants to get into the home video calling game with the release of the Facebook Portal and the Facebook Portal Plus. I have to say that this might not be the best time for Facebook to release hardware that includes a camera, I am pretty sure we are all sick of hearing about what Facebook is doing with our data but never-the-less the Facebook Portal and Portal Plus are coming.
Now I am a fan of video calling, I was an early adopter of the Motorola Ojo ten plus years ago and use my Amazon Echo Show for video calling all the time so I am excited to see someone trying to crack this space. The Facebook Portal and Portal Plus actually have some interesting technology in them that could make them very useful but I still do not see them selling very well amid all of the privacy concerns we currently have.
Both the Facebook Portal and Portal Plus include what is being called a “Smart Camera” which is basically a camera that uses facial recognition and motion tracking to follow you around while you are on a video call. They also both have Amazon Alexa built-in allowing you to control your smart home, shop on Amazon or access any number of Skills for Amazon Alexa.
I am really interested to see how the Facebook Portal and Portal Plus do in terms of sales once released. I know I will not be getting one and I would like to think that amid all of the privacy concerns that have come up surrounding Facebook that many people would not but let’s be honest people will.
What about you, would you buy the Facebook Portal? Let me know in the comments below.
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