Earlier this month, Facebook was rumored to be working on a video chat device with touchscreen. Now, a new report from Business Insider corroborates the rumor saying the video chat device from the social network is code named as Aloha.
‘Aloha,’ will reportedly allow Facebook users to make video calls and use facial recognition and it is expected to debut next year, added the report. Facebook is considering to use Android OS and a 360 degree camera for the device.The device is being developed by Facebook’s research lab Building 8.
Veteran exec Andrew Bosworth is now taking over at AR, VR and consumer hardware efforts at Facebook. He has worked at Facebook since 2006 and was most recently vice president of the company’s ads and business platform. Facebook spokesperson said in a statement,
We are excited about our long-term investments in virtual reality, augmented reality, and consumer hardware. We believe these new technologies have the potential to bring the world closer together in entirely new ways, and we’ve built great teams with strong leadership in each of these areas. Bringing these teams closer together will help us move even faster as we continue to invest in our 10-year roadmap.