Google Wants You to Spy on Yourself

Google revealed a few things other than the Pixel 2 at its recent event, with one of them being the Google Clips camera. 

The video they showed is about a busy family who loves to spend time together, but don't want to be bothered with taking pictures of themselves... but they want pictures the pictures, so, what do they do? They use a Google Clips, silly.

See. It's a lifesaver. "How do you let yourself capture those fleeting moments while being part of the moment?" is something Google product manager Juston Payne said during the event. Indeed, how do I experience life without hiring someone to follow me around and take pictures of me?

This is more like a portable security camera. There's no sound, no screen, and just a little blinking LED to let you know it's recording. 

Internal specs are as follows:

  • 130-degree field of view lens
  • 12-megapixel sensor
  • 15 fps photos
  • 16gb internal sensor

The photos are transferred from the camera through Wi-FiIt to devices like the Google Pixel 1 & 2, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8.

Here's the creepy part. Google uses its famed facial recognition software to try and track and sort who is the frame, it then can supposedly pick out "the best" pictures of you and others. As disturbing as that sounds, it's almost necessary, as who wants to sift through hours of 15fps footage of everything you did one afternoon? That sounds awful. With no human element to limit how much is being taken, it's more like running a video camera all the time and then pulling moments from it. 

If you're a single parent I can see great uses for this item. If you're constantly around a lot of people... not so much. 

The Google Clips camera will be available for $249.