Facebook Is Said To Be Working On A New Video Chat Device With Touchscreen

by Karthik Iyer 5

The social media giant Facebook is known for having multiple products and services under its name. Even with its main Facebook application, Facebook is giving more importance to video feeds. This is evident from the fact that Facebook was amongst the first ones to introduce the live video feature with its application. And now, on the same lines i.e. giving importance to videos, the company is now said to be working on a new video chat device with a touchscreen.

According to the source, a few people familiar with the matter have reported that Facebook is currently busy working on a new device. Apparently, this new device is dedicated to making video calls in the home. Interestingly, it has also been reported that this will come with a touchscreen measuring 13″ to 15″ diagonally. So it sounds like it will be of the size of a conventional tablet.

In terms of the software, it has been speculated that it could be running a version of Android. And since it is said to be a device meant for video calling, it will feature a wide-angle camera for the same. The device is also said to feature AI-powered microphones and speakers. Now, the fact that it has AI-powered microphones and speakers makes it that much more interesting. This device is being geared for use in living room.

It looks like the device is currently being used by few people, as a part of “testing” phase. One of the prototypes apparently has a thin, vertical stand which holds the display in place. It has been reported that Facebook is currently testing out software that lets the camera detect people within the frame and lock on to them. Another piece of information which we have is the fact that the company is also working on a 360-degree camera to go with this. However, it looks like this particular camera won’t be ready for the initial launch.

And speaking of the launch, it is expected that this device will be launched during next spring’s F8 developer conference. In terms of the pricing, it looks like it will cost a few hundred dollars. We are expecting it to be priced on the same lines of Amazon Alexa, etc. However, if you wish to know the official pricing and the release date, then we suggest you stay tuned for the official announcement. Also, be sure to leave a comment down below your thoughts on the same.

Via – Techcrunch

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • Yamini Nagarajan

    wow that’s an awesome idea?

  • Nice, but it’s not for everyone!

  • Swapnil Potdar

    That’s really interesting?

  • Aakash Prajapati

    Ok Its Good One. Ye Video Calling Messenger Ke Inner Hogi Ya Ko Other Software Developed?
    In Few Days AI BAsed Voice Device Working In Fb But This Ai Voice Device Talk Your Own Lang. But This Tine Is Down By Fb.
    Hope Ki Aisa Na Ho Video Calling AI Based Device.

  • Vishal Giri

    looks familiar to amazon echo!!