Google’s Pixel 3 uses AI to detect when you’re kissing someone in a selfie

Google Pixel phones have always had outstanding cameras, thanks in large part to the use of AI by the company. The latest application? A camera of kisses incorporated for the camera in the Pixel 3 that automatically detects when the subjects are wrinkled and takes a quick photo.

The function is an update to the Photobooth mode of the Pixel Camera application. This is a shutterless mode that automatically takes pictures with the wide-angle camera of Pixel 3. In addition to detecting kisses, Google says that the software recognizes five key facial expressions that "should" trigger the capture: "smiles, tongue, kisses / Duck face, swollen cheeks and surprise. "

Anyway, that's the theory. . Our tests with the application were inconsistent. "His ability to detect duck's face is questionable," was Jon Porter's assessment of The Verge . Even though he added, he managed to see him kissing his reflection in a mirror. "He took the picture the moment my lips came in contact!"

googles pixel 3 uses ai to detect when youre kissing someone in a selfie

The Verge Jon Porter frowns.
Image: Jon Porter / The Verge

The technology for this comes in part from Google Clips, the company's experiment in 2017 in the use of AI to facilitate photography. Clips were supposed to be a tool for families to capture important moments. It was small, lightweight and minimalist, and used built-in algorithms to decide when to take a photo. But although it was a clean concept, it was redundant for most users.

While Clips was removed from Google's history (we could not find it for sale in the Google store), the technology with which it helped to incubate lives. With neural networks scanning their facial expressions and making sure their eyes are not closed, Google says the Pixel 3 makes it easier than ever to take perfect selfies and group shots.


Photobooth mode in the Pixel 3 camera can now recognize facial expressions and kisses.
Photo: Google

As part of the update of the Pixel Camera, the application also helps users to know when they are looking for the best for a photo. . A white bar on the side of the screen (on the left in the previous GIF) responds to the actions of the users. When everyone looks at the camera and makes a pretty face, it expands to the full width of the screen and the phone takes a picture.

"We are excited about the possibilities of automatic photography on camera phones," Google engineers write in a blog post. "As computer vision continues to improve, in the future we can generally rely on smart cameras to select a great moment to capture."

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