Google on Wednesday introduced several hardware devices, including a laptop that can tether to its newest smartphones and a small, portable camera to capture candid moments.
The move is part of the company’s efforts to keep users of its popular apps, including Maps and Calendar, using its services across multiple devices.
The company unveiled the Google Pixelbook, a laptop that can fold up into a tablet or as a propped-up screen for videos. The computer starts at $999 and will be available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom on Oct. 31. The laptop can be tethered to the new Pixel phone and rely on the phone for a data connection.
The Pixelbook also works with a $99 Pixelbook Pen, which allows users to circle items seen on their Pixelbook’s tablet mode, and the laptop’s software uses Google’s digital assistant to bring up information related to what was circled. For example, if someone circles a word on an online article, the software will state the meaning of that word. The pen can also be used for drawing or handwriting words on the Pixelbook’s tablet.
Google Daydream View
The new version of Google Daydream View, a device that lets users see virtual reality videos through their smartphones, has new fabrics and lenses and sells for $99. Last year, Daydream View launched with 25 apps and games. Now, there are 250 VR titles, Google says.
Google Pixel Buds
Google Pixel Buds are $159 earbuds that work with Pixel phones, allowing users to have real time translation through the company’s translation software, called Google Translate. The buds compete with Apple’s AirPods, which also let users voice what songs they would like to play from their streaming music lists. Google hopes to differentiate itself from competitors through its popular apps.
Google also unveiled a $249 portable camera called Google Clips, which can attach to everyday objects and capture candid moments of friends, family and pets. The company says users can choose to connect the photos captured on Google Clips to their other Google devices that can tie into Google Photos, its software that categorizes images.
The camera looks similar to the Narrative Clip camera that The Chronicle reviewed last year. In the Chronicle’s experience, that camera did not take many memorable photos, although it did provide the reviewer insight on how he spends his day.