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Google lookout launched, helping visually impaired to the explore surroundings

13 March 2019 2

Tech giant Google was working on a super useful app named as Lookout which aimed to help the visually impaired people in their navigation. The app is now finally live for visually impaired people and is currently only compatible with Google Pixel devices and is available in the English language, to begin with. The app has a camera and together with a device that is set on the person’s chest, it helps by giving audio cues about objects coming around the person.


It offers three modes like Shopping, Explore, Quick Read whereas the default mode is set to explore. For example, if a person is approaching a chair around him or a dog blocking his way, the app could give audio cues about them so that the person could manage his position accordingly. Likewise, shopping helps with reading the barcodes and currency to help them know that they’re actually holding a $5 bill.

Then quick read helps with reading things like sign boards, reading documents etc. To use the app, the user just has to fire up the app and there is no need to press any button, for obvious reason. While the app is quite far from being perfect, it’s quite interesting to see where Google is going with this one helping the community in general.

The app is available to be download through Google Play.

  • Lookout | Android | Google Play Store, Free

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