Social media giant Facebook is reportedly working tablet from its experimental Building 8 lab, sources told Bloomberg. It’s said to be a laptop size touchscreen video chat device for the home. The device may be announced as soon as next year’s F8 developer conference.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to bring Facebook users closer together. This device is said to use its large screen and smart camera technology to make people separated by great distances feel as though they are in the same room. Facebook is testing a feature that would allow the camera to automatically scan for people in its range and lock on them
The video chat device will feature a wide-angle camera lens, microphones and speakers that are all powered by artificial intelligence to boost performance, the people said. A version of the device in testing includes a thin, vertical stand that holds a large touchscreen measuring between 13 and 15 inches diagonally, the people said. Facebook has considered running a version of the Android operating system on its device instead of building its own core operating system, according to the people.
Facebook is also said to be working on a smart speaker for the home that would compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, the sources added.