Google Clips Goes on Sale

Google is finally opening up sales of its Clips camera. The gadget, first introduced back in October of last year, is available in the United States from the Google Store, Best Buy, B&H, and Verizon.

Google Clips is designed to take pictures of the best moments in your life, without needing you to take your phone out and letting you enjoy the moment instead. The device will automatically capture clips of these moments, and it is also able to identify people in your life and identify the individuals who you may want to capture more than others.

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Privacy will obviously be a big concern for many potential buyers of Clips, and Google says none of your pictures or videos leaves the device unless you decide to share them with someone or back them up on Google Photos. The device is powered by on-device machine learning, so all the intelligent computing things happen on the local chip instead of Google’s cloud. The device also features an indicator that informs people around you when it’s recording a clip or taking a picture.

But here’s the big bummer: it apparently doesn’t record sound for your clips. Yes, no kidding.

So yes, if you want to spend $249 on a device that’s supposed to capture the best moments in your life but doesn’t even record the sound, you can do so here.

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  • david.thunderbird

    27 February, 2018 - 1:08 pm

    <p>isn't recording sound ill eagle in some places?</p>

  • Bats

    27 February, 2018 - 1:09 pm

    <p>This was intended to be a photo camera, not a video camera. You even said it yourself "designed to take pictures of the best moments in your life."&nbsp;</p><p>Photos/pictures don't make sound</p><p>Medhi, you need to go to Youtube and watch the Google Clips presentation.</p>

    • Chris Payne

      28 February, 2018 - 12:28 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#249007"><em>In reply to Bats:</em></a></blockquote><p>It captures videos. Short, audio-less videos. You can also use it to take snapshots.</p>

      • OligarchyAmbulance

        28 February, 2018 - 1:02 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#249485"><em>In reply to unkinected:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Actually it captures gifs, not videos.</p>

  • Waethorn

    27 February, 2018 - 1:45 pm

    <p>So how come cops can't use these instead of the overpriced options available that require extensive (and expensive) training?</p>

    • dallasnorth40

      Premium Member
      27 February, 2018 - 2:17 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#249017"><em>In reply to Waethorn:</em></a></blockquote><p>Cops need to record sound.</p>

      • Waethorn

        28 February, 2018 - 3:22 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#249020"><em>In reply to dallasnorth40:</em></a></blockquote><p>Really?? From what I've seen so far, a lot of the bodycams that police forces have already tried were just photo cameras.</p>

    • Chris Payne

      28 February, 2018 - 12:28 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#249017"><em>In reply to Waethorn:</em></a></blockquote><p>Not to mention this thing starts capturing randomly, whenever its algorithms think is a good time. And for only 7 seconds at a time.</p>

  • OligarchyAmbulance

    27 February, 2018 - 4:21 pm

    <p>Such a bummer none of my pictures record sound.</p>

  • RonV42

    Premium Member
    27 February, 2018 - 6:47 pm

    <p>This has to be the creepiest item that Google has brought to market. Building a profile of what is interesting in your life based on observing you in your own home. I am waiting for the first "Naked" interesting moment that Google snaps with this.</p>

  • FullyLoaded

    28 February, 2018 - 7:30 am

    <p>Maybe it's because I'm in Canada rather than the US but that link redirects to a generic Google products page with no mention of Google Clips. </p>

  • Chris Payne

    28 February, 2018 - 12:35 pm

    <p>I can kind of see the appeal for some people who want to capture random moments in their lives… it might be funny to review this at the end of the day with friends, but ultimately I think the form factor is off.</p><p><br></p><p>This thing is about 2 inches square and weighs 2 ounces (about 2 slices of wheat bread, or 10 quarters). With that clip, I'm not sure where you would put it on yourself that it won't suffer from droopy or weird angles. A shirt pocket or neck collar would cause this thing to sag forward and be pointed at the ground. A belt/pant line is too low. A purse and it would be facing the wrong way and be too low. This thing needs to be much much smaller IMO.</p>

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