The Portal and Portal+ are two new video communication devices that are designed to live within your home, enabling friends and family to remotely hang out. The Portals leverage AI tech and auto-adjusting camera technology to keep users in-frame. The Portal has a 10-inch 1280×800 display, while the Portal+ leverages a creepy 15-inch 1920×1080 pivoting display.
“Both models are designed to help you feel closer to the important people in your life and make video chats feel less like a call, and more like you’re actually in the same room,” states Facebook.
The consumer response to the Portal is on par with what you’d expect:
I’d rather eat a bowl of thumbtacks than let you propagandists have a camera in my home.
— Alt. U.S. Press Sec. (@AltUSPressSec) October 8, 2018
There are thousands of responses exactly like this and given the relative dominance of both Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Home, it might be difficult for the two-way messaging device that runs as much as $349 to gain traction.
Those interested in inviting Facebook to watch your private household moments can pre-order the Portal and Portal+ here.