Facebook’s Portal inventions may still have plenty of privacy questions loitering around them since launching, but that hasn’t swayed the company’s dedication to bringing more video chat hardware to market.
Onstage at Vox Media’s Code Convention, Facebook’s VP of AR/ VR Andrew Bosworth shares that sales of the existing hardware were “really good,” but more interestingly let fly that there would be brand-new shape factors of Portal hardware coming to sell in the autumn of this year.
Most signs point to this device being the “Ripley” manoeuvre that popped up in Portal firmware code late last year. Cheddar had reported that the camera device would attach to the top of a Tv and piping the video feed to its screen. This slashes down on the need to have a absolutely dedicated video chat manoeuvre and allows Facebook to position their hardware in more central locations in people’s homes.
There is of course the possibility that Facebook has even more form factors up their sleeves, but this seems like a potentially low-cost option that would make a lot of smell for them to get out there.
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