Google Introduces AI-based Lookout App for Visually Impaired

Isaac Cain
March 15, 2019

Google Lookout app is finally here. The app is developed with Artificial Intelligence to figure out the objects through the Smartphone's native camera app. 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.

Google has launched its Lookout app, which helps blind and visually impaired people to see by identifying the objects around them.

Apart from identifying the objects through the AI technology, the app is also capable enough to read the text, labels, scan barcodes and much more.

Product Manager, Google Accessibility Engineering, Patrick Clary stated, "We designed Lookout to work in situations where people might typically have to ask for help-like learning about a new space for the first time, reading text and documents, and completing daily routines such as cooking, cleaning and shopping". The Google Lookout is now limited to Pixel phones; however, the company has promised to expand the app's availability to more devices, countries, and platforms.

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.

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

Lookout is created with similar technology previously used in Google Lens.

Also, the app won't give user the unnecessary information, but only tell them things that it thinks are important.

It launched two new apps for Android last month, Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, which were created to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Most of what Google has been doing in the AI space for the past couple of years is aimed at making life easier for people who already have it pretty easy.

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