Google Lookout describes environment to visually impaired customers utilizing AI

Judy Cobb
March 15, 2019

Past year at the I/O conference, Google announced that it is working on an app called Lookout, which will be dedicated to the visually impaired.

Google has launched its Lookout app, which helps blind and visually impaired people to see by identifying the objects around them.

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. If you are living in the United States and using Google's own Pixel smartphone, then you can grab this app from the link mentioned below.

Users will have three modes to select from - Explore, Shopping, and Quick Read.

Google recommends wearing your Pixel device on a lanyard around your neck or keeping it in your front shirt pocket.

Lookout is created to help people learn about new places, help reading texts and basic daily tasks such as cooking and shopping.

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Lookout uses similar underlying technology as Google Lens, Google said in a blog post, to provide feedback, earcons, or other continuous signals to the user.

Google warns users that the app is likely to identify a few things or people incorrectly, as it is a new technology and essentially operates on AI guesses.

Originally published March 13, 8:44 a.m. PT. Correction, 10:39 a.m.: The original version of this story misstated the availability of the Lookout app. Now, months later, the app has been rolled out for Pixel phone users in the US.

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Sound Amplifier - which was also announced at last year's Google I/O - uses a phone and a set of headphones to filter, augment, and amplify sounds so that users can better hear conversations or announcements in noise-heavy environments. Share your thoughts in the comment box below and also stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.

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