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Social media giant Facebook is launching video-chat devices for homes, the Portal and the Portal+. The smart-home technology will allow homeowners to make video calls to their Facebook connections. According to The Wall Street Journal, the camera can detect the number of individuals in the room and automatically pan based on the size of the crowd. A built-in microphone can also detect and amplify the voice of the person speaking on the call. Reporter Deepa Seetharaman has more details.

Both devices come loaded with Amazon.com Inc.’s Alexa voice-assistant software—also found in Amazon’s competing line of Echo speakers—allowing users to complete tasks like checking the weather and ordering groceries.

Company officials said that in developing the Portal devices, Facebook took pains to show customers it will be responsible with their information. Pressing the “mute” button on the device stops the circuit running to the Portal’s camera and microphone so the features are cut off from power. (Amazon has a similar feature in its Echo speakers.) The Portal also comes with a physical shutter that goes over the camera.

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