Google Introduces AI-based Lookout App for Visually Impaired

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The app, which was first announced at Google's I/O developer conference a year ago, is now available to USA users with a Pixel device, although Google Accessibility Engineering product manager Patrick Clary said in a blog post that Google "hope [s] to bring Lookout to more devices, countries and platforms soon". Google Lookout joins the company's growing list of accessibility apps.

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. In other words, the app can be especially useful for learning the layout of a new space for the first time, or for reading documents and completing daily tasks around the house.

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The Lookout app comes with three modes - Explore, Shopping and Quick read. The catch? It's only available for people with Pixel devices in the US.

To use Lookout optimally, Google recommended that the user's device be placed on a lanyard around the user's neck or in the front pocket of a shirt. Lookout, when the phone is pointed forward at a space will give the user information about people in it, texts and objects.

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That's obviously because this product has some insane ambitious goals, using the camera and sensors on your phone to "assist people who are blind or have low vision".

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.

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