Google Lens: the news of the App that uses AI

ByDaniel Camilo 2019-05-30 449

Google, as well as the main players in the IT sector, is focusing a lot on the development of machine learning algorithms and, in general, on artificial intelligence.

The Google Lens app has been available for some time to all users of an Android device (you can download it free from this card on the Play Store) and not only recognizes what is depicted in an image but also what is framed, in real time, with the smartphone camera.

Google Lens can automatically detect works of art, barcodes, books, buildings and monuments, panoramas and places of interest, newspaper and magazine covers, music albums, movies, video games, etc. providing useful information on each object framed with the camera.

Until yesterday it was possible to use Google Lens to add a new contact in the phonebook starting from a business card, translate the information on signs and signs from one language to another, search for online information on a certain product, open an address using web browser, recognizing plants and animals, memorizing the date of an event starting from the information printed on a poster or a poster.

During the Google I / O 2019 conference the Mountain View company spokesmen announced several news related to Lens: Augmented reality in the Google search engine and Lens news.

Those same innovations are beginning to appear in the application today. Here are the main ones:

Transcription of texts. Framing any text with Google Lens, it will be automatically recognized, made selectable, copied elsewhere and freely editable.

Automatic mode. Google Lens is able to show information about the elements that are being framed without any direct user intervention.

Just point the camera at the object of interest to get immediate feedback.

Restaurant menu. Taking advantage of the rich database of Google and also interfacing with Maps, Lens is now able to indicate which dishes of a restaurant have been most appreciated by patrons: even in this case it is sufficient to frame the menu with the smartphone camera. The suggestions and additional information will be shown on the right using augmented reality.

- Shopping. Google Lens can also help users identify clothes, furnishing items, furnishing accessories and products similar to those framed and examined with the Google app. The search results are proposed in real time and offer a valid aid to discover similar objects.

To take advantage of the new features, the Google ARCore kit is required, which was developed specifically to improve the experience of augmented reality with Android mobile devices.

Google Lens can be used both as a stand-alone application but can also be called from other Google apps like Photos as well as from the digital camera management application created by the company founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

The new Google Lens features will debut in the application over the coming weeks on Android devices; then they will also be taken to Apple iOS devices.

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