Monday, 25 March, 2019


Google Lookout uses AI to describe surroundings for the visually impaired

Google uses its AI expertise to help the blind explore their surroundings Google's Lookout app says what it sees for blind users in the US
Melba Vasquez | 15 March, 2019, 04:54

The Shopping mode allows visually-impaired users to head over to shopping malls or grocery stores and pointing the phone towards a product or its barcode will help users identify the product they are holding.

The app, which was first announced at Google's I/O developer conference previous year, is now available to United States users with a Pixel device, although Google Accessibility Engineering product manager Patrick Clary said in a blog post that Google "hope [s] to bring Lookout to more devices, countries and platforms soon".

Announced at last year's I/O, Lookout is finally available for users to try out.

Google's Lookout, an artificial intelligence-powered app that helps those with visual impairments understand their surroundings, has begun rolling out to Pixel owners. In other words, the app can be especially useful for learning the layout of a new space for the first time, or for reading documents and completing daily tasks around the house. Lookout also reads the text in signs and labels, scans barcodes and identifies currencies. From there, Lookout can tell you about people, read text, identify objects and more as you go about your day. To use the app, the visually challenged users just have to open the app and keep their phone pointed forward and Lookout will do everything on its own.

To make the most of this app, Google suggest the users of Pixel devices wear the device on their neck.

Google noted, however, that Lookout is still a new technology and "will not always be 100 percent perfect".

I can't imagine having to navigate today's world while visually impaired. For now, you can download it on the Play Store, or manually grab it from APK Mirror if you don't live in the U.S. or don't have a Pixel and want to try it out. Share your thoughts in the comment box below and also stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.

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