Google launches its Lookout app to help the visually impaired

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

The Lookout app uses similar underlying technology to Google Lens, Google said in a blog post.

Lookout app

Lookout uses AI to allow users to identify objects around them through their phone’s rear camera.

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.

To use Lookout, Google recommends that users wear their Pixel phone on a lanyard around their neck or in the front pocket of their shirt.

“Lookout detects items in the scene and takes a best guess at what they are, reporting this to you,” Google Accessibility Engineering product manager Patrick Clary said.

Since announcing the app last year, Google said it has been “testing and improving the quality” of the app’s results.

The company cautions, as, with all new technology, the app will not always be “100% perfect,” but is urging early users to review the product so that Google can continue to improve the functionalities of the app.

The app is now available to download at the Google Play Store for all Pixel devices in the US.

Google Slides

Google has developed other tools and features over the years designed to help with disabilities.

Last year, it added automated closed captions to Google Slides, a feature that makes presentations more accessible to people who are deaf or visually impaired.

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