and are on our radar, and you still have plenty of time to get your parents great gifts. If you don’t live in the same city as your folks, Facebook’s Portal makes for an awesome present. And right now it’s $100 off at Amazon, bringing the price down to just $99.
Video chat with your parents on the reg with Portal, even if you don’t have the device yourself — it works through Messenger. But, you’re probably going to want to snag one for yourself at this low price.
Unlike other modes of video calling, Portal features a smart camera that follows your movements to keep you in frame at all times. This means you can go about your life without worrying that the person on the other end of your call can’t see you. Portal also locks into voices to amplify you while cutting out background noise. (Read our full review of Facebook Portal here.)
Portal by Facebook has Alexa built in, so you can ask questions, control smart home devices, and more. You get similar functionalities as the at a fraction of the price.
As you use Portal, you’re able to implement music, animation, and augmented reality effects overtop your images. While you’re not on a call, Portal can display your Facebook photos and videos, remind you about birthdays, and more.
Privacy has been an ongoing issue with Facebook, but the company insists that it won’t be a problem with Portal. Calls are encrypted and you’re able to completely disable the camera and microphone.
Get your parents (or yourself) the gift of face-to-face connection with Portal by Facebook for $99 at Amazon. At this price, it’s basically like getting two for the price of one.