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Facebook is building a camera-equipped set-top box for your TV

By Shawn Knight · 12 replies
Oct 16, 2018
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  1. Facebook is developing a camera-equipped device under the codename Ripley that’s part webcam, part set-top box.

    Sources familiar with the matter tell Cheddar that the device will sit atop a television and use the set as its display. Packing the same core technology as Facebook’s Portal and Portal+ video calling devices, Ripley will enable video calling capabilities and deliver entertainment services to the living room.

    The functionality could allow Facebook to compete against streaming hardware providers like Apple, Roku and Amazon while simultaneously catering to smart speaker / video calling markets.

    One person familiar with the project said Facebook plans to announce Ripley next spring although because the device is still in development, that timeline could change. It’s also likely that the device will get a new name that’s more in line with its intended use.

    While some would interpret Facebook’s recent privacy- and security-related issues as a sign to slow down or regroup, Facebook is forging ahead. The social network is demonstrating that it’s not willing to surrender in the face of adversity and until user growth stalls or revenue drops off, it’s hard to fault the strategy.

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  2. The "telescreen' of '1984' is here......pre-order now!!!
    havok585 and psycros like this.
  3. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 597   +427

    Next up for the consumer to buy Christmas 2019, government mandated 2021:
    The whole family can be monitored, plus sell power to the grid!
    axiomatic13 and psycros like this.
  4. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 205   +135

    If Facebook cannot keep Russians out of their advertising, how successful do you think they will be at keeping hackers (Russian or other) out of your TV in your living room?
    MaikuTech and psycros like this.
  5. Faplyboy

    Faplyboy TS Member Posts: 33

    Oh yeah I really trust Facebook with my info's and now they even brought us a cameras, great!
    axiomatic13 and psycros like this.
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,434   +413

    Oh hell no!

    Hopefully it's every bit as popular as the Facebook phone, and dies in a similarly spectacular cloud of consumer apathy and disinterest.
    Rayzor, axiomatic13 and psycros like this.
  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,584   +2,304

    Who does Facepuke think people will PAY for anything they make? Their entire business model is based around consumer ignorance and cheapness: surrender your privacy and get a free sub-standard messaging experience and be targeted for marketing.
    axiomatic13 likes this.
  8. KnightSayNI

    KnightSayNI TS Rookie

    Russians are not the problem. They've got an economy thats smaller than Texas. The problem is CNN and all the liberal pubes who suck up everything they vomit.
  9. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 160   +10

    When I heard that Facebook was released something new, I really feel scare of people who will use it.
    It completely ended up with privacy.
  10. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,644   +304

    Not enough of a big step. I'm not buying anything until they release their toilet cam.
  11. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 597   +427

    People already do this - selfies in bathroom mirrors. I mention I can almost hear a toilet flush from seeing their pic. ;)
  12. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 205   +135

    Politics is not a team sport. We are a historically a two party nation. Nowhere in political discourse is violence intended. "liberal pubes" is impolite and unacceptable discourse.
    Rayzor likes this.
  13. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Evangelist Posts: 1,032   +177

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