Google Lookout uses AI to help visually-impaired people navigate the world

Google's Lookout app is finally here

Now it seems that the app is finally available on the Google Play Store. The search engine has obviously made some changes.

Google has launched its Lookout app, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help the visually impaired see by pointing their phone at objects and receiving verbal feedback.

Google, which announced Lookout previous year, designed the app to provide more independence to roughly 253 million people worldwide who are blind or visually impaired. We're guessing it will all depend on how the app is received by Pixel 1, 2, and 3 users, whose feedback is specifically requested. Implementing machine learning into the app to improve the detection accuracy. There are three operation modes you can choose from, helping you "explore" your surroundings, reading barcodes and currencies for an independent "shopping" experience, and lending a hand (or rather an eye) to sort mail, as well as read signs and labels with "quick read" functionality. The app starts in this mode by default. The app also has a camera view for live recognition.

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Google advises users to hold or wear the device (hanging a Pixel phone from a lanyard around the neck or placing it in a front shirt pocket), for easy Lookout access. Thanks to AI, Lookout speaks items as it detects, making it easy to focus on daily tasks and easily navigate without obstacles. For now, you can download it on the Play Store, or manually grab it from APK Mirror if you don't live in the USA or don't have a Pixel and want to try it out. Without the need to press multiple buttons, users can accomplish what they need to do and safely get to know a new environment. The company says it's hoping to make the application more accessible, so it could eventually make its way to to more devices, countries and platforms in the future.

Google Lookout is now available for the Google Pixels smartphones, and only within the US.

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