Google Clips digital camera has AI to capture memorable moments

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San Francisco, CA (Reuters / CBS Newspath) -- Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday (February 27) launched Google Clips, a pocket-sized digital camera that decides on its own whether an image is interesting enough to shoot.

Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday (February 27) launched Google Clips, a pocket-sized digital camera that decides on its own whether an image is interesting enough to shoot. Courtesy: CBS Newspath / Reuters

The $249 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.

The company sees big potential with parents and pet owners looking to grab candid shots of kids and animals. 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.