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Google rolls out Lookout, a Google Lens-like app for the visually impaired

/ 04:02 PM March 14, 2019
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Google’s Lookout, an artificial intelligence-powered app that helps those with visual impairments understand their surroundings, has begun rolling out to Pixel owners.

Since being announced at Google I/O last year, the company has been testing, improving and enhancing Lookout, an app reminiscent of the Google Lens, until its official launch on Tuesday. Now, the AI-powered app is available, as long as you’re a Pixel owner.

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Lookout works by telling wearers — Google recommends that users either place their device in a shirt’s front pocket or wear it around their necks via a lanyard — about “people, text, objects and much more as you move through a space.” After the app is opened, all you have to do is ensure that it is facing forward, and Lookout will take care of the rest.

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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.

Though Lookout is only available in the United States on Pixel devices set to English, Google “hope[s] to bring Lookout to more devices, countries and platforms soon.” JB

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