Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google Lookout describes environment to visually impaired customers utilizing AI

Google Lookout describes environment to visually impaired customers utilizing AI

The organization says it has ensured that Lookout works in circumstances where outwardly tested individuals may require it the most. The app helps the visually challenged people identify information about their surroundings.

The search engine giant previously stressed the importance of designing for accessibility, and has released various accessibility apps to improve the user experience for people with disability as of late.

In a blog post announcing the launch, Google points out that, once the app is started (which can be done by asking Google's Assistant to "start Lookout") there's no need to tap any further buttons.

Google has taken to its blog to announce their new app that will help the almost 253 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired using Artificial Intelligence. From there, Lookout can tell you about people, read text, identify objects and more as you go about your day. 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.

Google's Lookout app says what it sees for blind users in the US
Google uses its AI expertise to help the blind explore their surroundings

The app also reportedly assists users in situations such as learning about a new space for the first time, reading texts and documents, and completing daily chores such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping, Google said.

The Lookout App aims to provide assistance to the blind and visually-impaired users who can't see things with their eyes. Once a mode is selected, the app detects what and where objects are in the real world.

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.

Google noted, however, that Lookout is still a new technology and "will not always be 100 percent perfect". So, what do you think of this new approach by Google for visually impaired? 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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