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Updates in Google Lookout


Many of us may not be aware about this service of Google but this one provides assistance to nearly 253 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired. The app was launched in 2019 for the Google Pixel devices. It was designed and programmed to help those who have vision impairments or are blind. Basically the device does was identify information about their surroundings through their phone camera.

Designed to create more independence for the user in scenarios where help is acquired by them for instance learning about new surroundings for the first time, reading text, and including everyday work of cleaning, shopping and cooking. The device can be hung around the neck with help of a lanyard, so that it gets proper view for working without any obstruction. But this digital benefit was only used by the people who owned Google pixel Device in the US. Though the company claims that it may not be 100% accurate.  So, therefore demanded for good as well as bad reviews.

Latest updates are done with the app and now it is available on all Android devices (not just the Pixel) with more than 2GB of RAM running on Android 6.0 and later. Newly-added languages are French, Italian, German, and Spanish. However, the main features of this update are Lookout’s two brand new: Food Label and Scan Document modes which will allow its users to aid proper positioning of the product. Food labels are often designed flashy, vibrant and modified as such that cannot be seen properly by visible people nowadays. Lookout read the label; compare it to a database of product images. It also matches relevant information such as brand, product, and flavor. If this fails, the app can help you scan the barcode.

Scan Document feature enables the user to aim their phone at a document, get the whole thing in view, and then scan it for their screen reader to read aloud. Speaking on the updates and changes made with the app, a designer at impact said " User experience should take all types of users into consideration".


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