Last year, Google announced a new application to help people with visual impairment called Lookout. The application uses AI to identify objects through the camera of your phone. You can also read text on posters and labels, scan bar codes and identify coins. This week, Google announced that Lookout will finally be available for download, but only for Pixel devices in the US. UU
Since the announcement of the application last year, Google says it has been "testing and improving the quality" of its results. The company warns that, as with all new technology, Lookout results will not always be "100 percent perfect", but it is requesting comments from the first users.
To use Lookout, Google recommends that users use their Pixel device on a cord around their neck or that they be placed in the front pocket of a shirt or coat. That way, the phone's camera gets an unobstructed view of the world and can identify objects and text "in situations where people usually have to ask for help."
It is not clear when Lookout will be available on other hardware than Google's. , but the company says it hopes to take the application "to more devices, countries and platforms soon."
Luckily, this is not the first time we see a large technology company that applies AI to the task of helping the visually impaired. Microsoft launched an application with very similar functionality called Seeing AI in 2017. And this week, the Redmond company announced an update to Seeing AI that allows users to feel the shape of objects on their phone screens using tactile comments.