Google announced a bunch of products including the premium flagship Pixel 2 series at its major hardware event in October last year. In case you had forgotten, the leading tech company also showcased Google Clips, an AI portable camera at the event.
While Google at that time only mentioned the device to be ‘coming soon’, it has now finally arrived in certain global markets. Available for purchase in Google store, the Google Clips will start shipping by the end of next month. Priced at $249, the smart camera is already up for pre-order in the US.
If you are still wondering what this tiny AI-powered smart camera does, the Google Clips take shots and clips automatically with its built-in artificial intelligence. It features lens occlusion detection that alerts the user when the lens is blocked. Clips get better over time with the device getting smarter to recognise expressions, lighting and framing.
9to5 Google notes that the smart camera leverages “Moment IQ”, the offline machine learning model and Visual Processing Unit to automatically capture images when it detects faces, expression or a ‘well-framed scene’. The camera doesn’t require an Internet connection to record images and you can even take photos manually by pressing the capture button. The ‘Motion Photos’ shoot a series of images at 15 frames per second through a 130-degree field of view lens. Movies can be played back at 24fps, meanwhile, video games ideally play at 30fps or 60fps.
The Clips has 16GB native memory and you can quickly transfer content to your phone via cable or Wi-Fi direct. The battery is rated to deliver up to 3 hours of capturing shots per charge. The device charges via USB-C. For the time being, the Google Clips will be able to pair with Pixel phones, iPhone models starting with iPhone 6 (iPhone SE excluded) running iOS 11, Samsung Galaxy S8 series and S7 running Android Nougat and above.