Picture this: you’re hanging out with your kids or pets and they spontaneously do something interesting or cute that you want to capture and preserve. But 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, then this would be the perfect device for you.
The Clip shoots seven-second videos, without audio, that can be edited into GIFs or high-definition photos. These images can then be downloaded and shared via smartphone.
The camera captures the best shots when subjects are about three feet away and in its frame. It operates three hours on a charge.
The camera is compatible with both Android and iOS. The main difference between the two is that you’ll have to press a button on your iPhone to initiate a file transfer, while that happens automatically with Android
The $249 (roughly Rs. 16,200) device, which is designed to clip onto furniture or other fixed objects, automatically captures subjects that wander into its viewfinder. But unlike some trail or security cameras that are triggered by motion or programmed on timers, Clips is more discerning. Google has trained its electronic brain to recognize smiles, human faces, dogs, cats and rapid sequences of movement.
But Google’s bigger ambition is the mastery – and commercialization – of artificial intelligence, an area where it is investing big. Google executives say success requires tight integration between hardware and software, which is why the search-engine giant keeps plugging away at consumer electronics.