Google Lookout describes environment to visually impaired customers utilizing AI

Google's Lookout app says what it sees for blind users in the US

Google Lookout App Seeks To Assist The Blind And Visually Impaired

Google admits that it's still far from ideal, but those who believe that the app can help them out can download it from Google Play. 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. 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 AI-powered app, which has been undergoing testing since it was originally announced in May 2018, is created to help blind and visually impaired people by identifying the objects around them.

Think of it as a specialized application of Google Lens, one that identifies real-world objects but also plays it out loud for the user to hear. 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 detects items in the scene and takes a best guess at what they are, reporting this to you", Google Accessibility Engineering product manager Patrick Clary said.

Google's Lookout app says what it sees for blind users in the US

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

The developers were working hard to improve the functionality and the overall user interface of this app since it was announced last year during the I/O conference last year. Or the user should keep it on the front side of his shirt's pocket or coat's pocket so the camera app can see the things around.

The company says Lookout will work on the original Google Pixel, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 3 phones running on Android 8.0 or above.

Lookout is now available for the Pixels in the U.S. and in English, though Google says it's looking forward to expanding it to more countries, languages, and platforms later.

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