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Google Introduces AI-based Lookout App for Visually Impaired

15 March 2019

Lookout is now available for the Pixels in the United States and in English, though Google says it's looking forward to expanding it to more countries, languages, and platforms later. The app helps the visually challenged people identify information about their surroundings.

Lookout was first announced at last year's Google I/O developer conference.

The Google Lookout app, which helps blind and visually impaired people identify objects through the phone's camera, is now downloadable in the Play Store.

Lookout is created to help people learn about new places, help reading texts and basic daily tasks such as cooking and shopping.

Lookout works by telling wearers - Google recommends that users either place their device in a shirt's front pocket or wear it around their necks via a lanyard - about "people, text, objects and much more as you move through a space".

The Lookout app, which Google announced a year ago, uses technology similar to Google Lens to let users better explore and interact with their surroundings.

Google does mention that, "As with any new technology, Lookout will not always be 100 percent ideal". 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.

I can't imagine having to navigate today's world while visually impaired.

"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. The 'Shopping' mode is to help with barcodes and currency, and the 'Quick' mode is best for sorting mail and reading signs and labels. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you.

Google Introduces AI-based Lookout App for Visually Impaired