Google announces Google Clips, a camera that knows when to snap photos

Angelica Greene
October 5, 2017

The camera will recognize familiar faces through machine learning - it's a similar technology to what Google Photos already uses to recognize faces - and will automatically start recording. Meet the Google Clips - a tiny camera that uses artificial intelligence to automatically take photographs of your family.

In addition to its Pixel phones and Home devices, Google announced a surprise today during its Pixel event. One device that was left secret though was the Google Clips miniature camera and now we know all about this little device.

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A new feature called lens occlusion detection alerts you when the lens is blocked. An AI engine snaps photos when you are not even looking or paying attention. It makes use of machine learning under the hood to fulfill a goal that's pretty unique. There's no viewfinder on the camera itself. The possibilities with this camera are endless as you would not have to do a single thing. In addition to this, the camera learns over time to take pictures of selected people. When you want to, you can open an app and scroll through all the video clips that it has captured. You have to initiate the connection through an app to transfer filers.

In this instance, Google's algorithms are clever enough to tell it when to capture footage, and it's then capable of pulling out key stills. Clips can also be edited together within Google Photos to create a movie - you get free unlimited storage for all your saved clips in Google Photos. Google is trying to make Clips extremely versatile, and it seems like it should be an extremely interesting product for those who love to share short moments in their life. Priced at $249, chances are it won't be exactly flying off the shelves.

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