Google's Lookout app helps the blind explore their surroundings

Ruben Fields
March 15, 2019

After over 10 months of announcing the app at I/O 2018 developer conference, Google has released it in the United States. If Google Lens can identify a dog's breed from a photo, there's nothing stopping it from using the same tech to help visually-impaired people, and that's where Lookout comes in. Unfortunately, a very small percentage of that staggering number can actually download Lookout from the Play Store right now, as initial support is limited to Pixel phones in the USA running Android 8.0 and above.

Lookout is created to help people learn about new places, help reading texts and basic daily tasks such as cooking and shopping. The company says it's hoping to make the application more accessible, so it could eventually make its way to to more devices, countries and platforms in the future. The Shopping mode is meant to help with barcodes and currency, while the Quick read mode is best for sorting mail as well as reading signs and labels. Because of this, they are looking for feedback from users, so if you have some after using the app, send it here.

Google warns users that the app is likely to identify a few things or people incorrectly, as it is a new technology and essentially operates on AI guesses.

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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. Google recommends hanging the phone via a lanyard or placing it in a shirt front pocket with the camera facing out.

Since being announced at Google I/O a year ago, the company has been testing, improving and enhancing Lookout, an app reminiscent of the Google Lens, until its official launch on Tuesday. Share your thoughts in the comment box below and also stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.

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