At the company’s flagship Pixel 2 launch event last year, Google unveiled its hands-free AI-powered camera called “Clips”. This camera uses artificial intelligence to capture images and videos on your behalf. It is now on sale priced at $249. The clip-on camera uses artificial intelligence to automatically recognise faces, take photos. It can also be clipped to objects to take videos.
Google says, “This year, people will take about a trillion photos, and for many of us, that means a digital photo gallery filled with images that we won’t actually look at. This is especially true with new parents, whose day-to-day experience is full of firsts.” In order to capture these precious moments, users are always drawn to their smartphone camera hoping to capture the moments. Doing so, they often end up viewing the world digitally rather than reaching out through their senses.
The Google Clips is a square-shaped camera that measures 2.0″ x 2.0″ x 0.8″ and is lightweight. It has a 130-degree field of view and 12MP lens that can capture pictures and record videos as well. The camera comes with a clip stand which makes it stand by itself. The power can be controlled by twisting the lens. The camera comes with 16GB of internal storage and a battery that can work up to 3 hours of capture. The camera can capture up to 15 frames per second and selects the best shots from the burst mode using machine intelligence.
“Google clips is smart enough to recognise expressions, lighting and framing. So the camera captures beautiful, spontaneous images, And it gets smarter over time,” says Google. The device has a USB-C report to recharge the camera and Bluetooth LE.
Interestingly, everything is saved locally rather than in the cloud, unless you decide to. It can recognise the faces even without using the cloud processing. Currently, it is compatible with Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S7 which are running on Android 7.0 or greater, iPhone 6 and up running on iOS 10 or greater.
Potentially, the shipping of the device is expected to start on February 27th or 28th or early March. It is still not clear about the international availability of the product.