Google offers up a new way to capture and save those special moments.

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Tired of missing all those funny moments with your children? Are your pets up to their hilarious games again? Maybe Google’s new product, Google Clips, can save the day, capturing those moments for you.

Google has created a new picture format, much like Live Photos from Apple, called "motion photos". It doesn't provide audio, but has some smart recognition features bult-in. It also lacks a network connection, so it doesn't broadcast what it captures anywhere. Just connect it to your phone to review what it captured.

It’s actually quite similar to the wearable camera, reminding us of devices like the Narrative Clip. Clips uses machine learning to key in on certain people or pets (only capturing them) so you don’t miss out on those moments. You can also clip it anywhere around the house.

Details on Google Clips

According to Tech Crunch, Clips is equipped with 16GB of onboard storage and it also offers up to three hours of passive smart capturing per charge. It also has the capability of alerting you when its lens is blocked via intelligent notifications to your phone. The camera has a 130-degree field of view, Gorilla Glass 3 for durability, USB C, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth LE for connectivity. It can shoot at up to 15 frames per second and selects for stable, clear shots of its subjects.

Tech Crunch went on to say in a related article, that Clips will learn which people are important to you, learning over time. It probably won't be able to recognize things very well on your next holiday, but Google plans to expand the AI to support more situations. For now, it seems like a great device for young families who want to capture the spontaneity of childhood.  

It is retailing for $249, and Google is, interestingly, not very eager to provide info on how many megapixels the sensor has.