Meta Portal

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Anyone got one of these? Did a search on here and couldn't find anything.

My mate was showing me a Meta TV Portal made by Facebook. Little camera type thing sits on his TV and he can use WhatsApp with it for video calls to his TV. It also tracks you around the room and auto zooms much in the same way as the old Xbox Kinect used to on Skype (which worked brilliantly). Does anyone have any experience with one? Seems very expensive for what it is but will be good for calling my family in the UK, parents are old and use Whatsapp for video calling and getting them to change will be close to impossible.

However after looking at the site there is actually an all in one system that I think could replace my echo show with a 10" screen for not much more than the camera on its own. Anyone used one of those? I have a echo show now on the top floor of my house and find it next to useless except for showing me who is at my front door. Seems Portal does this too as well as allowing you to use it as a photo frame - something the Echo promises but cant get it work. I don't use Alexa much and don't have Prime.
 
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My concern would be having a camera and mic made by Facebook in your living room.
Yeah I get that. I don't think it would be any more intrusive than the Echo show would it? I have FB on my phone in any case that listen to me and suggests adverts based around what my conversations are which I seem to have grown into being ok with. Which is absurd really.

Anyone found a use for an Echo show??
 
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I could be wrong but for me it comes down to to trust, for me I would if I would order the main players from most trustworthy to least trustworthy Facebook would be at the bottom :o
 
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Yeah I get that. I don't think it would be any more intrusive than the Echo show would it? I have FB on my phone in any case that listen to me and suggests adverts based around what my conversations are which I seem to have grown into being ok with. Which is absurd really.

Anyone found a use for an Echo show??
Hasn't that been disproved multiple times?
 
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