This post is sponsored by Portal from Facebook
In the age of social distancing, we’re looking to maintain connections, be productive, and continue to keep our kids connected with family. And Portal from Facebook can help fill that gap. Portal is a video calling device that makes it feel like you’re in the same room with those you love, no matter how far away they may be.
About Portal from Facebook
Gone are the days where static cameras require us to stay in one place to be within the camera frame for video calls. Portal features a Smart Camera that automatically adjusts to keep everyone in view, putting an end to saying “Wait…I can’t see you” during calls with loved ones.
Portal’s Smart Camera pans and zooms so you can move and talk freely and always stay in the frame. When someone new enters the room, Smart Camera automatically widens to include the person in view. While Smart Camera works to keep you in frame, Smart Sound enhances the voice of whoever is talking. Background noise is minimized while the multiple mic array works to pick sound to ensure a better video call experience for those on the other end.
Using Your Device
Portal does far more than video calling alone. Built-in features make it easy to use to connect with those you love, collaborate with coworkers in your virtual office, and can help you enjoy the time we have with our families. Some of my personal favorites are AR Masks to make calls more interactive and Alexa built-in to play my favorite podcasts. I can also use my Portal to call friends’ smartphones as long as they have Messenger or WhatsApp accounts.
Here’s a closer look at some of the ways Portal can help you to maintain connections, be productive and enjoy some family time.
Connect with Those You Love
Portal makes it easy to call our loved ones; even if they don’t have their own Portal device, others can still receive your video call on their smartphone using WhatsApp or Messenger. Smart Camera and Smart Sound work to provide the best video call experience to loved ones to make it feel like you’re in the same room.
Families will also love the Photo Booth feature. Photo Booth lets you capture photos and videos and share them instantly on Messenger. Photo Booth features include augmented reality (AR) masks and effects for even more fun. Portal also gives you birthday reminders and can show you when friends are available to connect.
Use Portal as an Office Assistant and to Collaborate with Coworkers
Since Portal works with Alexa, everything is just a voice command away. By linking your Amazon account through the setup experience or in product settings, you can manage your life hands-free thanks to these features:
- Check your calendar to stay up to date
- Set timers to keep on schedule
- Add a Ring doorbell to see who’s at the front door without leaving your home office
- Stay up to date with what’s happening in your world with weather and traffic updates, by watching the news, checking on sports scores, the stock market, etc.