Facebook’s Project Ripley wants to take Portal to the next level with video calling TV add-on : It’s no longer a secret that Facebook’s ambitions span far more domains than just social networking services and instant messaging apps. The increasingly controversial company seems to be ramping up its original video content production efforts, as well as joining the rapidly growing “smart display” market with rival Amazon’s help.
This is another bold hardware initiative bound to raise eyebrows among security and privacy advocates, as it aims to put a Facebook-connected camera on top of your TV. This would enable video calling on your living room big screen, as well as presumably support Facebook Watch and possibly other streaming platforms.
In addition to “Ripley”, which is “still in development” and could always be delayed from its current spring of 2019 release target, Facebook is reportedly also working on “Edgefield”, “Innatum”, and “Sequoia” projects.
These three are even more ambitious… and therefore harder to complete, envisioning such futuristic, revolutionary products as an armband capable of translating sounds into vibrations that can be understood through human skin, a device reading brainwaves to anticipate what the user intends to type, and a virtual object projector supporting advanced AR experiences like displaying virtual board games on a physical table.