Google uses its AI expertise to help the blind explore their surroundings

Google's Lookout app says what it sees for blind users in the US

Google's Lookout app says what it sees for blind users in the US

Since being announced at Google I/O past year, the company has been testing, improving and enhancing Lookout, an app reminiscent of the Google Lens, until its official launch on Tuesday. 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.

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.

After nearly a year of testing, Google has finally launched its AI-powered Google Lookout app that is created to help visually impaired and blind by identifying the objects around them. Google Lookout joins the company's growing list of accessibility apps.

Even though Lookout is only available on Pixel devices in the U.S., Google aims to bring Lookout to more countries, devices, and platforms in the near future.

Google's Lookout app says what it sees for blind users in the US

As the app uses artificial intelligence to determine the surroundings of the user, Clary says "Lookout will not always be 100 percent perfect", and that the app "detects items in the scene and takes a best guess at what they are, reporting this to you".

Lookout helps people in situations where they might need to ask for assistance, including learning about a space for the first time, reading text, and completing daily routines like cleaning, cooking, and shopping.

Lookout is created with similar technology previously used in Google Lens. So, what do you think of this new approach by Google for visually impaired? To use the app, the visually challenged users just have to open the app and keep their phone pointed forward and Lookout will do everything on its own. Lookout also reads the text in signs and labels, scans barcodes and identifies currencies.

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