Social networking giant Facebook is developing a camera-equipped set-top box for TVs that would support functionalities like video-calling, a media report said.
Internally code-named “Ripley”, the device would use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically detect and follow people as they move through the frame during a video call, news website Cheddar reported on Tuesday.
Apart from facilitating video-chat, the device could also help Facebook compete with the likes of Apple and Amazon in the television segment.
In October, the social networking major launched its first video chat devices Portal which incorporated AI technology to follow user-movements while on a video-chat and remove unwanted background noise during a call.
Priced at $199, sporting a 10-inch display, built-in Amazon Alexa support and pre-loaded with Facebook’s own “Watch” video service, the smart speakers would begin shipping in November.
With projects like “Portal” and “Ripley” Facebook is trying to build a consumer-hardware business outside of its virtual reality brand ‘Oculus’ that was acquired by the social networking giant in March 2014 for nearly $2 billion. Facebook declined to comment on the subject.