MadeByGoogle: Google launches an artificial intelligence infused wireless camera, Clips for $249

Lynne Hanson
October 5, 2017

At today's hardware event, Google has announced a surprise new product: Clips. The company said it uses machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, to automatically recognize and take pictures of subjects that are important to users. It will capture videos when it thinks the time is right, then you can access the library via Google Photos. The functionality looks similar to what Google already does with its Photos app, albeit without the need for you to tell it when to take a photo at all. You can connect to your phone to check what you've got. The device also has a shutter button, just to make sure it doesn't miss a shot you want to capture.

Google is introducing a new wireless camera you don't have to mess with. The more you're with someone, the more it learns to capture clips of them.

The camera is able to capture soundless video of things that it is trained to recognise, whether that be faces or pets. The Google Clips camera has a 12MP sensor and a 130-degree field-of-view lens. The best aspect about the camera is that it does all of this itself and the technology behind it is housed in a tiny body.

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The fact that it's pocket-sized and wireless and created to let you set it up somewhere and let it just shoot imagery is inevitably leading to comparisons with GoPro. The Google Clips does not require an internet connection so all of your photos and clips are safe and secure.

The images captured are short snippets in time that last several seconds, and they're immediately sent to the Google Clips app for either Android or iOS.

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