World’s biggest social media giant Facebook
launched it’s first hardware device called the Portal aimed at using artificial intelligence powered camera to enhance video calling experience. The Portal has two forms; the Portal and the Portal Plus.
It says the aim of the Portal is to solve all the problems encountered when using video calls such as sitting in front of a webcam or holding a smartphone to your face while moving around. It makes use of an AI-powered camera to zoom and reframe the picture, allowing you move freely and naturally around.
The Portal sits on a table but if you move away from it while making video calls, the camera follows you around.
Facebook Portal and the Portal Plus
The two version of Facebook Portal: a 10.1-inch version and a 15.6-inch one called the Portal Plus. inside, both run the same processors and software, but outside they look very different both in size, design and color.
The smaller 10.1 inch Portal has a screen fixed in a horizontal orientation with a speaker at the base while the 15.6 inch Portal Plus is larger an uniquely designed to look like the iMac G4. The screen can rotate 90 degrees for a wider view of the caller on the other end.
According to Facebook
, people spend 1.5 billion minutes on video calls every day, this means that video calls are becoming increasingly popular and Facebook intends to improve that experience.
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