So you’re with your family or pets and they do something interesting or cute that you want to capture and preserve. By the time you’ve gotten your phone out and its camera opened, the moment has passed and you’ve missed your opportunity to capture it.
That’s the main problem that Google is trying to solve with its new Clips camera, a device that uses AI and machine learning to automatically capture important moments in your life. It is meant to capture your baby’s funny reactions or your dog and cat sleeping on each other. Moments that would otherwise be lost.
Here’s how it works according to Google!
1. Wave Hello
There’s a chip inside the Clips loaded with a version of Google’s computer code. It has facial recognition, so it learns yours. When you first get the camera, wave and smile at it, and take a lot of selfies. It can even recognize pets! Teach the camera the things and people that are important to you
2. Place It
Proper positioning is everything. Clamp it to a chair back to capture kitchen fooling around, or face it inward from a bike’s handlebars to see your kid’s reaction to their first ride. Keep in mind, too much movement turns your videos into random rubbish.
The camera only cares about the richest moments. The onboard AI responds to movement and emotion. If you’re just sitting around, it probably won’t record anything. But if you smile, wave your arms, or do a cartwheel, it will wake up and start filming. Press the button on the front to force it to pay attention when you sense an interesting moment approaching.
4. Choose How You Share
The Clips doesn’t livestream or it automatically upload your footage to the cloud. Just pair the device with an iPhone, Pixel, or Galaxy to view your videos. Use the companion app to edit your clips and choose which ones you want to to share.
5. You Can be in Clips!
One of the best things Clips is that you get to stay engaged in family activities rather than distracted by having to take pictures and videos yourself. After you compose that perfect shot in the Clips app, put your phone back in your pocket. You can actually be in the photos now, instead of always taking them.
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