There are a few misgivings about tiny cameras. They bring back memories of 2017’s movie bomb The Circle, where an evil corporate body can place them and spy on millions.
Despite this, Google Clips has passed through the FFC and will probably make its way to consumers soon.
The AI-powered camera uses facial recognition and machine learning to capture the best moments of family life. After placing it on a coffee table, the camera will slowly learn who is important to you and shoot short motion photos.
Not as Creepy as it Sounds
Clips feature a 130-degree field of view, 15 fps video, and 1.55μm pixels. Images sync to your phone via WiFi Direct or sit in the camera’s 16GB of internal storage.
However, unlike dystopian movies, Clips lights up when it’s on, and data doesn’t go back to Google. All the machine learning happens on the device, and it’s up to you if you want to share the images.
In fact, a bigger concern than privacy is the price. Google is planning to charge $249 for the camera, which sounds a bit much for its limited specs.
The use scenario gets smaller still when you consider its available platforms. The camera only works on the Pixel, Samsung S7/8, and iPhone 6 and up.
That cuts out a lot of the Android market, including many popular brands. Those with such high-end phone will probably have them on hand for pictures, anyway.
Ultimately, we’ll only see its popularity once it gets a public release. Until then, you can have a read through the FCC reports for all the details.