Facebook to reportedly release an Echo Show competitor with facial recognition

Doris Richards
January 12, 2018

It will be for indoor use and controlled by voice similar to the current smart speakers on the market.

Word has it that Facebook is developing its own home video chat device.

Facebook have declined to comment, however Andrew Bosworth, who is in charge of augmented and virtual reality at the company, appeared to confirm Portal's existence after sharing the story on Twitter and suggesting that 2018 will be "an exciting year for augmented reality and virtual reality". It looks like a discovered a year ago is part of the Portal project.

If it goes ahead, Portal will be the first product from Facebook's secretive tech laboratory, Building 8.


"Facebook employees have internally referred to the video chat device with the codename "Aloha" but recently settled on the name Portal-an indication that product development has progressed", the report notes. The division's boss, left in October. That's significantly more expensive than Amazon's Echo devices, Google, and Apple's.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges a cheer from the crowd before receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, as fellow honorary degree recipient actor James Earl Jones (L) looks on, during the 366th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 25, 2017.

Portal is expected to primarily let its future users contact their family and friends through video calls, thanks to its screen and wide-angle lens features.

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