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  • Google Mobile App Now Includes Google Goggles


    Earlier today, Google updated its Mobile App for iPhone to include Google Goggles. Goggles first appeared about a year ago on the Android platform and is now finally available for the iPhone 4 and 3GS. This update allows users to perform search functions using pictures instead of text. For example, if a user wants to know more about a particular bridge, but doesn’t know the name of it, taking a picture in Google Goggles will bring up search results and give you more info about the bridge.

    “Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes -- just click on them to find out more.” Said Milan Broum, Software Engineer for the Google Mobile Team.

    This update will be available worldwide starting today, but it is currently only enabled for English-speaking users. Also, only iPhones that have an autofocus camera will be able to use Goggles. Google states that “Computer vision is a hard problem” so this is still a Labs Product, meaning that it’s still in beta, essentially.



    Google also states that Goggles works best when taking pictures of landmarks, books, DVDs, artwork, logos, businesses, barcodes and most products. Animals, furniture and apparel probably won’t work, however, but this is sure to change as the software matures.



    Having just tried out Goggles a few minutes ago, I can tell you that it does seem to work. It correctly identified a couple of books, a soda can and a DVD. It could not identify my old Newton MessagePad 2000, however, but that’s not too surprising considering it’s been out of production for years. Now that Google can correctly recognize items in pictures, can actual Android robot be far behind?

    Source: Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Mobile App Now Includes Google Goggles started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. sn0ws's Avatar
      sn0ws -
      looks dope
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      That's sweet
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Was reading about this earlier. Looks nice, wonder how well it works.

      Also they already have a Android robot. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/10/android-robot-2/
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This looks like a cool idea, but it might not work out very well
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      It's ideas like this that keeps google up there contending with apple. Innovation! Besides apple and goggle, there really isn't much innovation out there......you listening Microsoft??? The sleeping giant needs to wake up already!

      Gonna try this out, seems pretty awesome, and the possibilities r endless.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Well google does know everything... This seems like a really interesting app. I wonder just how many places it will recognize though. It seems like this is going to be a massive project for google.

      Also, by the look of that video apple needs to hurry up if they want to become skynet and take over the world one day. Google is beating them to it...
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      No google is the things on futurama that just wants to gather all the info in the universe then kill it off. Totally different than Apple's skynet.
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      I wish this site would go back to real Apple news and jailbreaking news, not retarded Application news.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Oh ya they do seem more like the giant brains... I really hope they don't get sucked into another universe though because all the other search engines suck. Seriously google does know everything(or at least they can)... Just ask the google CEO
      http://blogs.computerworld.com/15614...hing_about_you
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      Well google does know everything... This seems like a really interesting app. I wonder just how many places it will recognize though. It seems like this is going to be a massive project for google.

      Also, by the look of that video apple needs to hurry up if they want to become skynet and take over the world one day. Google is beating them to it...
      I think it will be too much work for them and they close it down.
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      This looks like a cool idea, but it might not work out very well
      I agree 100% about it not working good. Google is not on my favorites... They p*ss me off.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Very nice app.
    1. SoopaNutz's Avatar
      SoopaNutz -
      Correctly id'd pic of A. Einstein.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      On the fly translation is ridiculous. The goggles DO something!
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Very impressive! Works pretty well on the few things i've tested around my room.
    1. fatrix1's Avatar
      fatrix1 -
      i love google goggle i have it in my phone
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by brbortscheller View Post
      I wish this site would go back to real Apple news and jailbreaking news, not retarded Application news.
    1. Li-ion's Avatar
      Li-ion -
      Quote Originally Posted by brbortscheller View Post
      I wish this site would go back to real Apple news and jailbreaking news, not retarded Application news.
      Looks like it's SOMEONE'S time of month.

      Also, I got it, it's awesome. Only con: it isn't a separate app. I was hoping I'd have an App called Goggles

      If someone could make an icon for it...
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      So if I took a picture of my penis, would it point me to chat roulette?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      ^Game over, hand the man the trophy.