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A Facebook Video Chat Tablet Could Become Your Living Room Hub

September 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by VC Daily

We're about to find out what happens when you cross a webcam with an iPad and sprinkle in a little robot learning. Facebook is said to be currently working on this hybrid out of its brand-new hardware division, Building 8-which happens to be looking for employees, if you're interested in making social hardware.

The proposed Facebook video chat tablet would offer the best of several worlds-the high-quality camera of a webcam, the standalone OS and big screen of a tablet, and the machine learning of an artificial intelligence bot. It could become a must-have new device for social networking, or it could just turn out to be an iPad with a built-in link to Facebook Messenger's new group video chat function.

Either way, Facebook's move into the hardware field does bring the promise of a new way to interact online, freeing social media from your desktop or smartphone, and putting it in a device that could sit on your living room coffee table. Let's look at the context for this device, and what it might look like.

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