Google Clips Camera Tested - Weak AI

By: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Mar 12, 2018

The Google Clips is drawing a lot of interest, especially given its use of artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver a 'smart' camera. Indeed, Google claims:

We purchased one and tested these claims. Inside, we report our findings on:

  • Camera pricing
  • App usability
  • Inconsistent suggested clips
  • Face/pet/expression recognition issues
  • Camera hardware

Most notably, we examine how the camera was not very 'smart' at all.

*** ****** ***** ** ******* * *** of ********, ********** ***** its *** ** ********** intelligence (**) ** ******* a '*****' ******. ******, Google ******:

** ********* *** *** tested ***** ******. ******, we ****** *** ******** on:

  • ****** *******
  • *** *********
  • ************ ********* *****
  • ****/***/********** *********** ******
  • ****** ********

**** *******, ** ******* how *** ****** *** not **** '*****' ** all.

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*******

*******, ** *** *****, we *** ******* ****** contradicting **** *****:

  • ***** **** ********* ** practically *** **** ** motion (******, ****, ***.) or **** ** ***** scenes (***** *****, *****, etc.).
  • *******, ***** ** ****** to ******* ***** **** users **** **** ****, these *********** *** ********* no ***** ** ******, with ****** ********* ***** suggested *** *** ********* directly ***** **** *****.
  • *******, ***** ****** **** claims **** ********** *********** is **** ** ********* which ***** ** *******, we *** ** ********** in *** ****** ** captures ********** ** ********** (smiling, ********, *******, ***.).

******* ***** ******, **** users *** ***** **** the ****** ******, ** it *** ** ****** in * ********** ******** during ****** ** **** playing **** ******** ** pets, ************* ****** ****** without **** ******* ** use ***** ******.

Note: ****** ** ******* **** ****

****** ****** **** ***** improve **** ****, **** the ****** ******** **** is ********* ** *****. We *** ** ********** in *********** ****** *** testing, ~* ****. *******, it *** ******* **** additional **** *** ***.

*******

*** ****** ***** ****** can ** ********* **** the****** ******** $*** ***, ** as * ****** **** a ****** ***** **** for ** ********** $**.**. 

Physical ********

*** ***** ***** ******** a ******** ******** ** the ****** ***** ****** and ******** ****:

Clips ****** *** ********

*** ***** ****** *** is *********** *** **** UI ** *** ******. The **** ********* ** the *** ** * list ** ******** *****, which ***** ****** ******* to ******, ***** ** save/delete, ***., *** **-****** "Suggested *****" *** *********** with * **** ****, though ** ***** ***** suggestions **** (********* *****). The ****** *** **** be ****** **** *** positioning *** ******** **** video ** *** ****, etc. 

** ****** ***** ********* in **** *****:

Failure: ***** ********* ** ********/*******

********* ** ******, ***** should ** ******* **** the ****** **** ***** faces *** ****. *******, during *** *****, *** camera ******* ******* ***** which ********* **** ** these, ********* ** ***** room, ****** ***** ** front ** *** ******, people ******* ***** *******, etc.

******* **** ******* ****** so **************, *** ***** camera ********* **** **** * camera ********* ** ****** might, ********* **** ** perceives changes ** *** *****.

*** *******, ***** ** were writing **** ******, *** camera ******** *** ****** of *** **** ** a **** *******:

**** **** ***** ** no *** ** ****** what *** ****** "***" to ******* * ****, nor ** ***** *** clear *********** **********.

Inconsistent Suggested *****

****** ****** **** *** camera suggests ******** ***** ***** on *********** ******** ***** or ****, ***** ** then ********** **** * star **** ** *** top ***** ****** ** the ****. *******, ** our *****, **** *** incredibly ************. *** *** ********* *****, *** others immediately ****** *** ***** ***** suggested **** *** ******, despite ********** *** **** subject(s) *** *****. 

*** *******, *** ***** below ***** *** ***** taken **** ** ****, with *** *********** *** one ***, *** *** content ****** *********. 

*** **** *** **** of ***** **** ****. *** clip ***** **** *** recommended, *** *** **** similar **** ** *** right *** ***.

Failed ********** ***********

****** ****** **** ****** expressions *** *** ******** which ** **** ** capture *****. *******, ** our *****, ***** **** generated ********** ** **********. Users *******, ********, ********, etc., **** **** ** likely ** ******* * clip ** ***** **** neutral ***********.

Camera ********

** *** ***** ***** we ****** ********** ** the ***** ******. *** ******'* AI ** ******* ** a ******** ****** "****** Processing ****" (***), ******* on *** ***** ** the ***** (*** ***** ******** ******* ***** Surveillance ******). *** **** ***** chip **** ******* ******** is *** **** *****-***** storage, ** *** **** of *** *****. 

**** **** ** ***** to **** **** *** camera, ** **** ** broken, **** ** *** to ****** *** ******* the **** ** ***** cover *** ******** ****** cables ********** **********. *** teardown *** ********* ***** performance *******.

Test **********

**** **** *** ***** were ********* ** ***** with *** ******** *******, with ******** ******* **** sporadic ** ********. ** the ****** **** **** in ** **** **** a ***** ** ******, such ** * *****, performance *** ****** (***** people ********* ******* ** unknown, ***** ** **** clips *****, ***.), ****** given *** **** ** struggled **** ****** ******, we *** ********* ** how ** ***** ******* in ****** ****.

Firmware ******** ****

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ****** *******:

  • *** *******:*.*.*********
  • ****** *******:*.*.*.**********

Comments (4)

** ** ***** ** the ****** ***** * XL, * *** ****** you **** *** ** will ******* ********** **** development ****** (***** ** pretty *****).

*******?

***** *** ***** *** hope ** **** ****** share.

***********, **** *** ******* it **** ******* ******* flagship ****** ******* *** revolutionize ****** ****/****** ********;  ... ... ** **** gets ****** ** ****** itself. 

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