Facebook Portal TV is a device. You can connect it to the TV. It has a camera. WhatsApp and Facebook will be able to do video calling on TV.
Facebook Portal TV
Social media giant Facebook is slowly shifting its focus on hardware as well. The company has launched Portal TV today. This is actually an accessory under which video chatting can be done on TV. The video chatting of this device is the prime target. That is, through this device, you can do Facebook video chatting in TV.
Its sale in the US will start from November 5 and its price has been kept at $ 149 (about Rs 10605). The company is also offering a rebate of $ 50 for taking two portal devices.
Facebook has launched Total 3 products. These include Portal Mini, Portal and Portal TV. Both portals are a kind of smart display like Amazon and Google. But Portal TV is different and some people may have problems with it regarding privacy.
The Portal Smart Display is 10 inches, while the Portal Mini will have an 8-inch display.
You can plug it into the HDMI port of the TV. After this you will have to log in with Facebook account. After syncing Facebook login and account, you will be able to video chat. Apart from Facebook, WhatsApp can also be made on TV through the portal. The company has said that since WhatsApp calling is end to end encrypted, here it will remain safe and secure.
The company has said that through Portal TV, customers can make video calling on the big TV screen of their home. You can keep it near the TV and take immersive experience. In this device named Portal TV, Artificial Intelligence based smart camera has been given. Its specialty is that it can also be pan and zoom so that even if the user moves, it is visible in the frame.
It has a smart sound enhancer, so that the background noise can be kept under control during video calling. Since Facebook's track record regarding privacy is poor, the company has said that it has provided features of simple privacy and security. The microphone and camera can be turned off with just one tap. A red light near the camera lens and which will indicate whether the camera and mic are on or off.
Facebook has also given a camera cover keeping in mind the privacy, that is, if you want to block the camera, you can install it. The company has also said that the smart camera and smart sound are on artificial intelligence technology that works locally and does not go on Facebook servers.
It will be sold in the US and Canada. It will then be sold in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Pre orders are being taken for this in America. When the company will launch in India, the company has not given information at the moment.