Facebook is getting serious about making hardware with ‘Aloha’ video chat device

A new report from Business Insider confirms rumored details about Facebook’s efforts to create consumer hardware, and also says that longtime Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth has been tapped to lead those efforts.

Earlier this month, sources told Bloomberg that Facebook’s Building 8 division was working on both a video chat device akin to the Amazon Echo Show, and a standalone smart speaker to compete with devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Business Insider’s new report confirms both projects are well underway.

The video chat device, apparently code-named Aloha, will have a large touchscreen (supposedly bigger than in competitor products), a wide-angle camera, microphones, speakers, and will be capable of recognizing faces….

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