Google's Lookout app helps the blind explore their surroundings

Google's Lookout app is designed to help blind and visually impaired users explore their surroundings

Google's Lookout app is designed to help blind and visually impaired users explore their surroundings

The Camera App can view the things and with the help of the Lookout app, the Google Assistant will come to rescue. It also functions in the same way as Lens - receiving information and providing feedback based on what is captured on the device's rear camera.

The search engine giant previously stressed the importance of designing for accessibility, and has released various accessibility apps to improve the user experience for people with disability as of late.

The AI-powered app, which has been undergoing testing since it was originally announced in May 2018, is created to help blind and visually impaired people by identifying the objects around them.

Lookout helps people in situations where they might need to ask for assistance, including learning about a space for the first time, reading text, and completing daily routines like cleaning, cooking, and shopping. The Shopping mode is meant to help with barcodes and currency, while the Quick read mode is best for sorting mail as well as reading signs and labels.

Unlike other apps, Lookout doesn't require further tapping: Once it's opened, users just have to keep their phone pointed forward for Lookout to warn them about nearby items.

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

Although it will only work on Pixel devices in the U.S. at the moment Google are hoping to bring it to more devices, countries and platforms soon.

Lookout is created with similar technology previously used in Google Lens.

The app, which was first announced at Google's I/O developer conference previous year, is now available to United States users with a Pixel device, although Google Accessibility Engineering product manager Patrick Clary said in a blog post that Google "hope [s] to bring Lookout to more devices, countries and platforms soon".

Clary recommends that users wear their device "in a lanyard around [their] neck" or in a shirt's front pocket. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you.

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