Google Lookout App Seeks To Assist The Blind And Visually Impaired

  • Google Lookout App Seeks To Assist The Blind And Visually Impaired

Google Lookout App Seeks To Assist The Blind And Visually Impaired

To use the app, the visually challenged users just have to open the app and keep their phone pointed forward and Lookout will do everything on its own.

Clary says that the new app "draws upon similar underlying technology as Google Lens, which lets you search and take action on the objects around you, simply by pointing your phone [at them]". The app also has a camera view for live recognition.

Google, which announced Lookout past year, designed the app to provide more independence to roughly 253 million people worldwide who are blind or visually impaired.

Lookout is primarily created to work in "situations where people might typically have to ask for help"; Google cites examples like "learning about a new space for the first time, reading text or documents" and daily tasks like "cooking, cleaning, and shopping". Thanks to AI, Lookout speaks items as it detects, making it easy to focus on daily tasks and easily navigate without obstacles.

Google’s Lookout app comes in three modes Explore Shopping and Quick read
Google’s Lookout app comes in three modes Explore Shopping and Quick read

Google does mention that, "As with any new technology, Lookout will not always be 100 percent flawless". For now, you can download it on the Play Store, or manually grab it from APK Mirror if you don't live in the United States or don't have a Pixel and want to try it out. The app won't swarm the user with unnecessary info, though, but rather only tell them about the things it thinks are important. Now it seems that the app is finally available on the Google Play Store.

Google also rolled out automated closed captioning to Google Slides for US English in October, a feature that Google said makes presentations more accessible to audiences that are deaf or hard of hearing.

Judging by today's Google logo (spells "Google" in Braille), the company is either (a) celebrating Louis Braille's birthday (he was born on January 4, 1809), (b) about to engage in some new accessibility initiative, or (c) both.