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Facebook Set To Unveil Video Chat Device Next Week

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| September 22 , 2018 , 21:03 IST

To Compete with the Amazon an E-commerce giant company, Facebook is all set to launch its own video chat device- Portal next week, media reported on Saturday.

It is Facebook's first foray into the consumer technology space. Previously, Facebook had planned to launch Portal at its annual F8 developer conference in May.

"But the company's scandals, including the Cambridge Analytica data breach and the bombshell revelation that Russia used the platform to interfere with the 2016 elections, led executives to shelve the announcement at the last minute," claimed a report.

"The larger device could be priced around $400, while the smaller one could go for around $300," the report added.

The social media giant was yet to comment on the development of the device.

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Amazon's Echo Show and Echo Spot devices add video to the audio experience via voice assistant Alexa. While Echo home devices are microphone-equipped speakers, the Amazon Echo Show and Spot also include a display.

On the other hand, Portal will feature a privacy shutter that can cover the device's wide-angle video camera. It will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to recognise people in the frame and follow them as they move throughout a room.

Portal will also have integration with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and let users play music, watch videos, see cooking recipes, and get news briefs.

This will be Facebook's first consumer tech device outside of Oculus- the virtual reality headset maker it acquired for nearly $2 billion in 2014.

(With Inputs From IANS)