The social media giant Facebook has stepped into the hardware arena with a pair of smart-home devices. To bring a lifelike video-chatting experience into your living room or kitchen, the devices dubbed Portal and Portal+, are smart displays that leverage AI and a bunch of other technologies. The new Portal devices look like a cross between tablet and smart-speakers. They both come with a 12MP shooter with a set of 4 microphones, but Portal+ is suited for bigger spaces. Its 15.6-inch full-HD display can be rotated from portrait to landscape mode, but it is not possible with Portal's 10-inch HD display. However, the key selling point of the two devices is AI-backed facial recognition technology. The wide-angle cameras on both the devices use AI to identify, track, and keep the person in the frame. It pans and zooms to keep everyone in frame and is paired with smart sound tech that minimizes background for audio clarity. The device connects people via Facebook, which means any Facebook friend or messenger connection can be called from the device, even if they don't have their own Portal. Also, the device supports group calls with up to seven people. Among other capabilities, Portal devices are powered by Alexa and can be voice-activated with the command 'Hey Portal' to make a call or just play music. They have Spotify and Pandora apps for music and Facebook Watch to stream video content. Facebook has priced the smaller Portal at $199 and the bigger one at $349. They're up for pre-orders and will be shipped starting November in the US. This is the first hardware product from Facebook and might take a while to reach India.