Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Google's Lookout app aid blind people about environs

Google's Lookout app aid blind people about environs

The app helps the visually challenged people identify information about their surroundings.

The company cautions, as, with all new technology, the app will not always be "100% ideal", but is urging early users to review the product so that Google can continue to improve the functionalities of the app. Google states that with the new Lookout app, it plans to provide their AI and Machine Learning capabilities to the almost 253 million visually impaired or blind people globally.

Google's much-anticipated app, the Lookout App has finally been released and is now available exclusively for the Pixel users. 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. It's available on Pixel devices in the USA (and is only in English).

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".

You can download Lookout to your own Pixel phone by following the link below.

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.

It is now available at the Google Play Store for all Pixel devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and is currently only available in English.

Judging by today's Google logo (spells "Google" in Braille), the company is either (a) celebrating Louis Braille's birthday (he was born on January 4, 1809), (b) about to engage in some new accessibility initiative, or (c) both. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you.

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