At first look, the Google Clips is an impressive little device. Through its 12-megapixel camera, Google Clips captures 15 frames per second and uses onboard machine learning to sort through the resulting images and find the best content from throughout the day — all on a device small enough to clip onto your shirt pocket. But are specs alone enough to judge any lifelogging cameras, and is there a larger purpose that they need to be taken care of, let us find out if Google Clips is worth is investing in.
As whole, it seems all lifelogging cameras struggling to answer the same question: why? Nikon released its own wearable camera, the Keymission 80. Sony even conceptualized its own wearable, the Xperia Eye. And then, there are the many indie companies — from Kickstarter startups to no-name Chinese manufacturers — that all wanted a slice of the pie. But, like Narrative and its pioneering camera, all of them fail to answer the question, “why?”
For sure it solves several problems but, it also complicates things. Not only is it an additional purchase, running $250 in the case of Google Clips, but you then need to sync the device with your smartphone or tablet to transfer over the content and you also have to take care about charging the device and carrying around yet another device.
How often, on daily basis, are you doing interesting things worth recording? That is when the issue of content arises. Lifelogging cameras promise to capture life’s most precious moments, but are those 1 percent of moments being captured worth wasting time, battery life, and convenience for most of the time? probably not.
If any company can simplify the process and truly make lifelogging as simple in reality as it is in theory, it’s been done by Google. Google is not like any other company who attempt to tackle lifelogging cameras.