Facebook has also built technology to ensure that the webcam can track and pan around the room, keeping the caller in-frame without requiring them to sit or stand in one position, or constantly readjust the device.
But what's really interesting about the Portal is that Facebook doesn't have its own voice assistant ready for heavy lifting.
With that in mind, the cameras built into Portal are created to intelligently track you as you make your calls. And to start the call, all it takes is: "Hey Portal".
Calls will be encrypted, and the AI technology runs locally on Portal, not on Facebook servers.
We first heard rumors that Facebook would make a foray into smart speaker hardware a few months ago, well before the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light.
"The first thing consumers are going to wonder is 'how much sensitive data is this collecting about me?'" said John Breyault, vice president of public policy of telecommunications and fraud at the National Consumers League, a Washington-based consumer advocacy group that has received donations from Facebook and other tech companies.
In addition to their price and size differences, the Portal+ has a more powerful speaker that includes two tweeters with high-range frequency and a single, four-inch bass speaker for richer sound.
Called Portal, the tablet-like device with a 10-inch screen allows users to make video calls with their voice over Facebook's Messenger app. Designed specifically for video-calls, the hi-def camera has the ability to detect how many people there are in the room, and focus on them, panning and zooming on the subject's face as they move around.
The company's Portal smart display is a 10.1-inch 720p device with a 12MP front camera. It is controlled using voice commands, although Facebook has eschewed the personal approach of competitors such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa in favour of a more disembodied presence: users initiate instructions with: "Hey Portal". The company says you can completely disable the camera and microphone whenever you want, and it doesn't listen to any of your video calls, either. You can't browse Facebook or Instagram on it, or even visit the web (you also can't watch video content on it via Youtube).
The device also lets you play music with Spotify, connect with your friends on Facebook, and control your smart home through Alexa.
Facebook Portal and Portal+ will be available in November for $199 and $349, respectively. You can save $100 when buying two of them at the same time, and these will also be available at other retailers like Amazon and Best Buy.
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