Another tech giant may be joining the home device business soon.
Facebook, the social network giant, is building a device for home designed to provide video chatting service. Several reports, including a Bloomberg article, reveal that the largest social network in the world has been working on a video chat device for home use via its experimental Building 8 lab.
It will reportedly feature a laptop-sized screen with touch support. It is safe to say that it will work with a Facebook account, hooked with its Messenger service. It could connect to other users via the Messenger app that run of smartphones, tablets, also with desktop Facebook website which also supports video and voice calling.
According to the Bloomberg report, Facebook could reveal the home device via its F8 Developer Conference next spring, lead by the company’s co-founder and big boss Mark Zuckerberg.
The reports have added that the large screen will provide the “we’re like in the same room” feel, which aligns with Zuckerberg’s goal of “bringing Facebook users closer together.” It features a wide-angle camera lens, microphones (apparently), and it will be powered by artificial intelligence.
Recent reports suggest that this device has a codename ‘Aloha’ which means “good wishes.”
Facebook’s rivals and co-tech giants are already active in the home device business. Companies like Google and Amazon offer devices that are connected with the internet and works with their current business models. For instance, Amazon sells a device that can order stuff through its massive online store, while a Google smart device assistant is synced with the search giant’s smart personal assistant.
Facebook runs on Android and iOS, and on desktop. It requires an account. After logging in, users can add “friends,” connect and interact with them via reactions (like, share), text, voice and video chat.