With the ever-increasing number of screens in households reaching saturation point, the studio decided to explore something new — a screenless smart camera solution that could take advantage of devices already present. Portal TV was born, introducing a novel user scenario to the Facebook Portal portfolio. The device automatically spans and zooms, pitching voices over background noises to facilitate seamless and enjoyable video calling experiences.
Ensuring privacy while delivering hardware products at Facebook is imperative, so Portal TV’s primary design gesture resides in the way the shutter slides over the lens. This doubles as an elegant and efficient way of hiding the shutter mechanism while enabling airflow throughout the product for passive cooling.