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Google's Lookout App Helps the Visually Impaired Navigate the World

 - May 10, 2018
References: engadget & cnet
Announced at the 2018 I/O conference, the upcoming Google Lookout app aims to help the blind and visually impaired in daily life. Built using Google's existing AI Lens identification tools, the new app offers spoken notifications to users about their environment. This extends past simple item identification, as the app can even provide the location of the item in relation to the user. The Google Lookout app will also be capable of reading text, such as exit signs over doors and street signs.

In its current state, the app is split into four modes: Home, Work & Play, Scan and Experimental. These four modes allow the app to better focus on a single space and help in identifying the surrounding area in a way that is better suited for the user's purposes. The Google Lookout app is currently only planned for the Google Pixel phone, though it may expand to other platforms as Google brings its Lens feature to iOS and other Android devices.