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Google Clips is a tiny camera you wear

by Brandon Russell | October 4, 2017October 4, 2017 10:43 am PST

Here’s something we didn’t expect: Google Clips, a small square camera you wear. It’s designed to capture everything in your life with the addition of Google’s machine learning. Here’s how Google describes what Clips can do:

Google Clips is smart enough to recognize great expressions, lighting and framing. So the camera captures beautiful, spontaneous images. And it gets smarter over time.

Clips works without an internet connection and snaps motion photos (same as the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL), saving several seconds without audio. And it’s capable of recognizing familiar faces, so the more you’re with someone, the more it learns to capture clips of them. It’s also capable of recognizing pets.

Basically, Google is applying all of its Photos technology and applying it to a smaller device. As such, everything from Clips will be backed up directly to Google’s photos service, providing users with free, unlimited original-quality storage.

The point of Clips’s learning capabilities—known as Moment IQ—is to make sure it captures the right moments without the users having to do anything.

Clips weighs just 60.5 grams and has a battery up to 3 hours, with a lens that captures a field of view of 130-degrees. It also features 16GB of onboard storage, along with a built-in clip stand and a manual button, allowing users to capture photos without relying on the Moment IQ.

Google says Clips is a “new type of camera,” but the truth is we’ve seen this kind of wearable camera before. Even still, the search giant has its machine learning and services behind it, so there’s a lot to be excited about. If you’re a parent or pet owner, Google says Clips is the device for you.

No release date was revealed, but Clips will be available for $249 when it launches.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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