Facebook, the social media giant is now developing a smart set-top box. This is a camera-equipped set-top box for TVs that would support functionalities like video-calling. A media said this in a report.
Internally code-named “Ripley”, the device uses AI (Artifical Intelligence) to automatically follow and detect people as they move through the frame in the time of a video calling. This is reported on Tuesday by a news website Cheddar.
Beside the facilities of video-calling, the device could also help Facebook complete with likes of Amazon and Apple in the TV-segment.
The social networking major launched its smart speakers ‘Portal’ in October. It incorporated AI technology to detect user-movement during on a video chat and also remove unwanted background noise during a call.
The price of the smart speaker is $199. It is sporting a 10-inch display, built-in Amazon Alexa support and pre-loaded with Facebook’s own “Watch” video service. The speaker would available in the market in November
With ‘‘Portal” and “Ripley” Facebook is trying to build a consumer-hardware business outside of its virtual reality brand ‘Oculus’. This brand was acquired by Facebook in March 20114 for nearly $2 billion.
The report added that Facebook has declined to comment on the subject.
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