Google Launches Lookout App Helping Visually Challenged People Identify Surrounding Information

Google Launches Lookout App Helping Visually Challenged People Identify Surrounding Information

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

A screenshot image of Lookout's modes, including "Explore", "Shopping", and "Quick read", as well as a second screenshot of Lookout detecting a dog in the camera frame. After over 10 months of announcing the app at I/O 2018 developer conference, Google has released it in the United States. Users can open Lookout, select one of the three modes, and lookout will detect nearby objects, people, and text as they move through a space. The app, which works similar to Google Lens' technology, lets people search and take action on nearby objects by pointing their smartphones.

The app reportedly assists users in situations such as learning about a new space for the first time, reading text and documents, and completing daily routines such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping, Google said.

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Bear in mind, since this is a new technology developed by Google, the results would not be 100-percent accurate; however, there's a room for improvement since Google is allowing users to share their feedback by contacting their Disability support team. The app will use spoken words to alert the users on the whereabouts of the objects.

The company cautions, as, with all new technology, the app will not always be "100% ideal", but is urging early users to review the product so that Google can continue to improve the functionalities of the app.

It is now available at the Google Play Store for all Pixel devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and is currently only available in English. They only have to make sure their Pixel's camera is facing out by holding their device, placing it in their shirt pocket or hanging it from a lanyard around their neck. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you.

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