Back in October at the Pixel event, Google announced the self contained, AI-driven stand alone camera, the Google Clips. With a 130° viewing angle, and 16GB of storage, the idea behind the camera was to set it up and let it capture random events with children, pets and in home events. The device has Google’s AI built into it so it can recognize faces and and does all of the thinking for you on when to capture and what.
Clips is very centric on protection of your data and privacy. Everything is on the device, including the AI, so nothing goes out until you share it.
Last week Google Clips passed through the FCC approval process, which was an early indicator that it would be available soon. That happened on Friday, with pre-orders available up until mid-day on Saturday. Then it moved to the current waitlist state where it is likely going to remain for a while.
If you wanted to pick up one of the $249 devices, the wait is going to be a while. For those who were able to actually place a pre-order, shipping of the device isn’t happening until March. Given the demand for the device, Google may ramp up production of Clips but the best thing to do is assume the March date is a real date.
Back in November, I got to sit down with some of the lead engineers of the Google Clips team in Mountain View to get more details on the device. This is an impressive device and if you have kids or are a pet parent, this is a device that can really give you those candid moments of your kids or pets playing naturally. It’s not designed to be a monitor or surveillance system but rather a device to capture those candid moments in life.
You can get more details at the Google Store.