Facebook has introduced Portal and Portal+, two new video communication devices for the home that dramatically change the way we keep in touch.
The aim of the device is to compete with Amazon and Google, which are dominating the smart speaker market.
However, the adoption of Portal device may be curtailed by Facebook’s history of privacy mishaps.
Portal makes video calling easier and more like hanging out, while a widescreen display lets you enjoy every moment together.
With a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, Portal from Facebook improves video calling and lets you enjoy quality time with family and friends — hands and distraction free.
You can bring Portal home for $199 (R2,954.02) and Portal+ for $349 (R5, 180.66.)
Intelligent Design, Invisible Tech
Powered by AI, Portal’s Smart Camera and Smart Sound technology take all of the guesswork out of video calling, letting you enjoy a more convenient, hands-free experience.
Whether you’re cooking in the kitchen or chasing the kids around the living room, 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.
Voice Control + Alexa
Portal offers hands-free voice control. You can start a video call simply by saying “Hey Portal” and noting who you’d like to call.
Portal also has Amazon Alexa built in, so you have access to a robust voice experience to ask for sports scores, check the weather, control smart home devices, order groceries, and more.