Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"Google's New Camera 'Clips' Uses AI To Automatically Get Great Shots"

There is no display, or viewfinder


The camera uses artificial intelligence to both evaluate picture quality and see if someone it "knows" is within view. If it decides that something is a good picture and it recognizes the subject (which could be a person or a pet), it takes a short clip — which can be saved as a video, a GIF, or as one of Google's newly announced Motion Photos. You can also select still images if moving pictures are not really your thing.

It saves a stream of these photos to its internal memory. Then, it connects wirelessly to your phone and a new app called Clips shows a feed of "suggested clips." You then have the option to save these, or delete them. (You can also set it to save all the suggested clips if you want.) You have the option to export photos to third-party apps, like email or Instagram.


Also, on-device AI means that if your camera automatically captures an embarrassing moment, you can kill it before it anyone else ever sees it.
In other Google news:"Google Pixel Buds are wireless earbuds that translate conversations in real time":
All of the Pixel Buds' controls are built in to the right earpiece, which is a common hardware solution on wireless earbuds. You can access Google Assistant by tapping or pressing on the right earbud, and the Assistant will be able to read notifications and messages to you through the Buds.

But the most intriguing feature of the Pixel Buds is the integrated Google Translate feature. Demoed on stage at Google's event today, this feature lets two Pixel Bud wearers chat in their native languages by translating conversations in real time. In the demo, a native English speaker and a native Swedish speaker had a conversation with each other, both using their native languages. Google Translate translated the languages for each user. There was barely any lag time in between the speaker saying a phrase and the Buds' hearing those words and translating them into the appropriate language.
Also: "The key feature for its newest slate of smartphones is called 'Now Playing,' which constantly monitors the world around you and tells you — unprompted — what music is playing in the background — and puts the information on the lock screen."