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Google's Lookout for Android app describes surroundings for the visually impaired

over 3 years ago by IanDorfman

Google's accessibility team has released a new Android app called Lookout on the Google Play Store. The aim of the app is to aid those with impaired vision identify several different parts of the world around them.

As described by Google Accessibility Engineering Product Manager Patrick Clary in a post on the official Google blog, Lookout is designed around artificial intelligence assisting the hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide who are blind or visually impaired understand various aspects of their surroundings.

Lookout can be used in places where those who are visually impaired usually most need help. This includes scenarios such as learning how to navigate a new space, reading, and other everyday tasks like cleaning and shopping for groceries.

The app is designed to be incredibly easy to use. As Patrick Clary describes it:

"Once you’ve opened the Lookout app, all you have to do is keep your phone pointed forward. You won’t have to tap through any further buttons within the app, so you can focus on what you're doing in the moment."

The Lookout app is currently limited to owners of Google's Pixel series of devices in the United States, and is only available in English. Google concluded its blog post about the app saying that it "...[hopes] to bring Lookout to more devices, countries and platforms soon."

Further coverage: Google Blog Engadget The Verge

Lookout iconLookout
  • FreeProprietary
  • Android
  • Android Tablet

Lookout uses computer vision to assist people who are blind or have low vision in gaining information about the world around them.