Google Lookout describes environment to visually impaired customers utilizing AI

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

Google Lookout App Seeks To Assist The Blind And Visually Impaired

The company cautions, as, with all new technology, the app will not always be "100% flawless", but is urging early users to review the product so that Google can continue to improve the functionalities of the app. The app helps the visually challenged people identify information about their surroundings.

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. The company states the app had been created to help people who are blind or partially blind or somewhat visually impaired, wherein pointing the phone's camera can make them understand about a new space for the first time or can allow them to read text and documents by giving spoken words feedback.

Lookout is easy to use: Once the app is started, all the user needs to do is point the phone forward.

Announced at last year's I/O, Lookout is finally available for users to try out. Well, the Lookout app is now official, at least for some.

"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.

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

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. So, what do you think of this new approach by Google for visually impaired? Unfortunately, a very small percentage of that staggering number can actually download Lookout from the Play Store right now, as initial support is limited to Pixel phones in the United States running Android 8.0 and above. Share your thoughts in the comment box below and also stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.

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