San Francisco: The social media giant Facebook is working on a voice-based assistant for its Portal video chat service and other future projects. The move comes in a bid to take on Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
As per the report in CNBC on Wednesday, the social network is "unclear how exactly Facebook envisions people using the assistant".Facebook's AI-enabled Portal video chat service currently uses Amazon's Alexa.
In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said, "We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products.”
Last year, Facebook shut down a chat-based assistant called "M" in its messaging app. According to the report, Ira Snyder, a general manager at Facebook Reality Labs, is working on the voice-assistant project. Facebook Portal and Portal+ video chat speakers come with Smart Camera and Smart Sound technology. Portal offers hands-free voice control. A user can intitiate a video call simply by saying 'Hey Portal'.