AI Camera Spots Photo Opps

AI Camera Spots Photo Opps
Google's Clips camera learns what type of picture its owner likes and takes them automatically.

(CCM) — Google's Clips camera takes photographs automatically when the artificial intelligence that powers it thinks something interesting is happening.

"Google Clips learns to recognize familiar faces. The more you're with someone, the more it learns to capture clips of them," the company says. "It can also pick out pets like cats or dogs," it adds.

The camera can be left unattended and shoots a series of still photographs over a period of "several" seconds when it sees something interesting. It then turns these into animated GIFs. Using the Clips companion smartphone app, owners can save the animated GIFs or extract still images from them at an enhanced resolution. Unwanted images can be deleted from the device via the app.

The camera can also send a notification to the app if the lens' view is blocked.

The Clips camera's AI technology uses information about the images that the owner saves to learn what kind of photographs they like. It then focuses more on those types of images (such as images of the owner and their dog, or their children playing).

Clips can also be activated manually using a button on the device, or by pressing the shutter icon in the app.

The camera is equipped with a fixed focus sensor with a 130-degree wide-angle lens and an f/2.4 aperture, and it has 16 GB of internal storage space. Its battery lasts up to three hours on a single charge, and it can connect wirelessly to a Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7 or S8, or iPhone, using either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct.

The Clips is available now from Google for $249 with free shipping.

Image: © Google.