PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Facebook is branching out to become more than just a social network.READ MORE: PPA Adding Patrols To Monitor Illegally Parked Cars In Bike Lanes Amid Growing Number Of Bicyclists Killed In Philly
The company is introducing a new video chat device for your home. Facebook’s “Portal” is made specifically for making video calls.
The Portal’s built-in camera automatically follows users as they move and even widens the shot if a second person enters the frame.READ MORE: Dirt Bike Rider Wanted In Hit-And-Run That Left Teenager Dead, Philadelphia Police Say
But not everybody thinks it’s a good idea after Facebook admitted a security breach exposed personal information of 50 million users.
“Bringing video into the home, bringing a camera into the home, I think it just ups the ante on the possibilities of these security breaches really impacting our lives,” said Jennifer Lynch, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Facebook’s Portal shares some of the traits of smart speakers like “Google Home” and Amazon’s “Echo” with its voice activated assistant, “Alexa.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia International Airport Offers Passengers Tips As It Gears Up For Busiest Season In 3 Years
Portal will be out in time for the holiday shopping season with a large screen version priced at $349.