Google's Lookout app helps the blind explore their surroundings

Google's Lookout app helps the blind explore their surroundings

The search engine has obviously made some changes.

Google has launched a new app called Lookout, which is created to give the visually impaired verbal information about their surroundings, using artificial intelligence technology.

Announced at last year's I/O, Lookout is finally available for users to try out. It has three modes: one to help explore the world and assist with cooking, one while shopping for reading barcodes and seeing currency, and the last for reading pieces of text on mail, signs, labels, and more. Implementing machine learning into the app to improve the detection accuracy. The app starts in this mode by default. It also functions in the same way as Lens - receiving information and providing feedback based on what is captured on the device's rear camera. Thanks to AI, Lookout speaks items as it detects, making it easy to focus on daily tasks and easily navigate without obstacles.

Unlike other apps, Lookout doesn't require further tapping: Once it's opened, users just have to keep their phone pointed forward for Lookout to warn them about nearby items. 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. 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. Without the need to press multiple buttons, users can accomplish what they need to do and safely get to know a new environment. Lookout users are also welcomed to send any feedback to Google via Google's Disability Support Team and Google's Help Center.

Lookout is now available for the Pixels in the USA and in English, though Google says it's looking forward to expanding it to more countries, languages, and platforms later.

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