Google releases Lookout app that identifies objects for the visually impaired

<em>Google Lookout uses AI to identify objects and read text through the camera on a user’s phone. </em>

Last year, Google announced a new app to help the visually impaired named Lookout. The app uses AI to identify objects through your phone’s camera. It can also read text in signs and labels, scan barcodes, and identify currencies. This week, Google announced that Lookout will finally be available to download — though only for Pixel devices in the US.

Since announcing the app last year, Google says it’s been “testing and improving the quality” of its results. The company cautions that, as with all new technology, Lookout’s results will not always be “100 percent perfect,” but it’s soliciting feedback from early users.

To use Lookout, Google recommends that users wear their Pixel device on a lanyard around their neck or placed in the…

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