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Google's Lookout App to Help Visually Impaired Learn About Surroundings

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May 9, 2018, 1:22 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Google hopes its new app, called Lookout, will assist the blind and visually impaired as they navigate through their environment. Google says the app is intended to work when the owner's phone is worn around their neck in a lanyard with the camera facing outwards. It operates in four modes: home, work and play, scan, or experimental. Lookout will deliver information via audible cues as people move around. For example, when in home mode the app will offer notifications concerning where the couch, table, or dishwasher is in relation to the person. The work and play mode will provide details about escalators, stairwells, and other in-office navigation points. The app relies on machine learning to identify objects and relay that information to the user. Google says the app will be available to Android devices later this year.

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