Would you buy a smart, auto-shooting camera (like Google Clips)

Would you buy a smart, auto-shooting camera (like Google Clips)
Google launched a very special little product late last year, but we haven't talked that much about it. It's a "smart camera", called Google Clips, which you can easily place, attach, or hang anywhere you desire. It's an AI-assisted shooter that does not need you to be on the shutter. On the contrary, it is always there so it can take photos of your moments as they happen with you in them. The camera looks for faces, smiles, action, a lot of people in-frame, a clear shot, et cetera before taking a photo. Then, it syncs with Google Photos to let you view whatever it has captured.

Sounds cool, sure. No need to take photos at the party, just hang a Google Clips, right? Yeah, cool. But we are also sure that it may sound a bit unnerving to a lot of people. Have a camera in your house that could take photos whenever it feels like it? And it's constantly connected to the Internet? Yeah, that's yet another step towards that SkyNet future...

While we don't think Google Clips is selling in the millions, it's probably not the only product that will see the light of day in the "smart camera" niche. We wondered — is there room for such a product on the market? Would or did you buy one?

Would / did you buy a smart camera (a-la Google Clips)?

Already got one / buying one soon!
1.88%
I might consider one
25.41%
No, I don't see the need for one
48.24%
No, I don't feel comfortable with how the product works
24.47%

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7 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1694; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I just don't get the point you may as well have a motion sensing cctv camera like the Yi, reolink or other camera they will record everything onto an Sd card for you

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well this could be used to capture certain things, and only specific things your interested in. You could also ignore specific family members or pets, but only capture people or animals you don't know, or have ever seen before. This could save you the trouble, and the time for looking at footage that is meaningless.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Brilliant.

2. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I want to hear what the 1 person that voted "already has 1/..." has to say. I hope he/she actually has it and can give us the 411. Stop worrying about SKINET thing, that happened already and is in motion. We just don't have a clue. So enjoy the fruits that we call tech. Even when it's pure evil. Let us take this camera for instance. I would be more concerned for the things you don't want pictures of. Such as running around the house nude, happy and comfortable with no sexual thought on your mind. Next thing you know, your nude pixs are on the internet. Which brings me to some questions that I see coming up as bad for some, many, and maybe more. Does Google guarantee this will not happen? What if a person wanted that to happen? What if someone sue's Google or a individual person for showing off another persons nude body unkowingly to an underage child? What kind of things would I not want taken pictures of? What if the AI learns something I don't like, and I can't stop Clip's from taking these unpleasant pictures now? I also see the awesomeness of this gadget. So I want to hear something great feedback before I buy this product. I have been burned by being an early adopter of tech. This one sounds interesting but I am just not sure yet. One last thought. - Didn't Samsung put a camera in a tv and people got upset?

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's an AI camera and it can learn things that you are concerned about. For instance you could place it looking outside, and have it ignore family members or pets you already know, but look for people or animals that concern you, or you know nothing about. If your a skeptical about the technology, then look it up. I would have a problem leaving it in the house running around naked as well. But I could see myself using it for who or what is approaching the front door or back door of the house. That way I don't have to look at any coverage until the AI picks up something that will concern me. Quite clever.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1893; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

See the 'The Circle' movie...no thanks !

6. gamehead unregistered

Absolutely no need for this. If I were Google I wouldve made anything but this

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