Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Lookout uses AI to describe surroundings for the visually impaired

Google Lookout uses AI to describe surroundings for the visually impaired

It also functions in the same way as Lens - receiving information and providing feedback based on what is captured on the device's rear camera.

Since announcing the app previous year, Google said it has been "testing and improving the quality" of the app's results. After over 10 months of announcing the app at I/O 2018 developer conference, Google has released it in the United States. It has three modes: one to help explore the world and assist with cooking, one while shopping for reading barcodes and seeing currency, and the last for reading pieces of text on mail, signs, labels, and more. We're guessing it will all depend on how the app is received by Pixel 1, 2, and 3 users, whose feedback is specifically requested.

Google Lookout app is finally here.

Lookout is created to help people learn about new places, help reading texts and basic daily tasks such as cooking and shopping.

For what it's worth, Google's "hope" is that availability will be expanded "soon" to "more devices, countries, and platforms", although there are no words on a timetable of any sort. The app won't swarm the user with unnecessary info, though, but rather only tell them about the things it thinks are important.

Google advises users to hold or wear the device (hanging a Pixel phone from a lanyard around the neck or placing it in a front shirt pocket), for easy Lookout access.

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If you're in the USA and own a Pixel, you can download Lookout for free, right now.

It launched two new apps for Android last month, Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, which were created to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

According to a blog entry by Google, Lookout utilizes man-made consciousness, similar to Google Lens, and gives clients a chance to hunt and make a move on items around them by just pointing the phone.

Last year, it added automated closed captions to Google Slides, a feature that makes presentations more accessible to people who are deaf or visually impaired.

I can't imagine having to navigate today's world while visually impaired.

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