Google Launches Lookout App Helping Visually Challenged People Identify Surrounding Information

Google Launches Lookout App Helping Visually Challenged People Identify Surrounding Information

Google Launches Lookout App Helping Visually Challenged People Identify Surrounding Information

The Lookout app uses similar underlying technology to Google Lens, Google said in a blog post. The app is developed with Artificial Intelligence to figure out the objects through the Smartphone's native camera app. After over 10 months of announcing the app at I/O 2018 developer conference, Google has released it in the United States. Now, the AI-powered app is available, as long as you're a Pixel owner. The most common times, according to Clary, would be in situations where you'd need to ask for help: visiting a new space, reading a document or completing daily tasks.

Unlike other apps, Lookout doesn't require further tapping: Once it's opened, users just have to keep their phone pointed forward for Lookout to warn them about nearby items. There's the default Explore mode for identifying objects, a Shopping mode for scanning barcodes and money, and Quick Read for mail, labels, and other text-heavy objects.

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Since being announced at Google I/O past year, the company has been testing, improving and enhancing Lookout, an app reminiscent of the Google Lens, until its official launch on Tuesday.

Even though Lookout is only available on Pixel devices in the U.S., Google aims to bring Lookout to more countries, devices, and platforms in the near future.

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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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Google Lookout is now available for the Google Pixels smartphones, and only within the US.

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.

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