The creepy Portal from Meta wants to be your secondary monitor

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 13 Aug, 2022

Remember the creepy Portal displays that Facebook used to offer? Our phones had built-in cameras so that we could, ostensibly, speak with our loved ones. A second monitor is what Meta hopes you'll use with the Portal device.

With the Duet Display app, Meta's Portal devices can be used as second displays for productivity, including the 2nd-generation Meta Portal Plus and Meta Portal Go. 

There is now even your monitor that can spy on you, just in case you didn't get enough spying from your phone and smart TV.

As of August 10, Meta Portal Plus and Meta Portal Go now support Duet Display, which lets you use your Mac or PC as a second display when you aren't on a video call. For Meta Portal touch-based devices, we are also launching a Mac companion app.

A software project developed by ex-Apple engineers, Duet Display, is responsible for this success. With Duet Display, you can create a remote computer or a second display from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. 

To follow Apple's design ethos, it has been designed with a super simple user interface in mind. There is no need to mess with dongles or tinker with anything.

To be able to control your Meta Portal device remotely from a PC or Mac, you will need to use the Meta Portal Companion app. 

Duet Display must be downloaded on both the primary device and on the Meta Portal device, while Meta Portal Companion is only required on the primary device.

In an aggressive move to shed the baggage of Facebook and become a hardware company, Meta is trying to change its business model. With Portal devices acting as second displays, the company wants to position itself as a productivity company, as well. 

Virtual office space like this is in line with Horizon Workrooms, which was revealed late last year by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  Zuckerberg may have considered synchronizing Oculus VR and Portal devices, but it is not clear if he has ever done so.

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