Earlier this month, Facebook released Portal, a camera-equipped smart device that can compete with Amazon's Echo Show. However, Cheddar reports that they are creating a TV camera that provides a video chat on a larger screen, such as a portal, and allows users to stream content from Facebook Watch.
Once the device, codenamed "Ripley," enters the market, Facebook will enter the massive smart home arena against Amazon, Apple, Google and Roku for valuable set-top box space. Adding cameras on Facebook essentially turns the entire TV into a giant Facebook portal and will be a differentiator in the current market. (Microsoft has already tried using Skype on the Xbox One's Kinect camera to track rooms.)
If you are watching TV on Facebook, you will need to strengthen your application support. As it is, the portal supports Facebook Watch and music via Spotify and Pandora. Smart displays are fine, but they are far from content support that requires users to give up their HDMI ports on Facebook. Especially when there are many other options.
And who wants to watch the living room all the time like all the eyes of Sauron by adding another giant Facebook camera to his house on earth? The company is already struggling to gain user confidence after an endless history of privacy. It's hard to imagine that adding more microphones or speakers to a solution would hinder everyday life.