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10-05-2010, 08:53 PM #1
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?
10-05-2010, 08:59 PM #2
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10-05-2010, 09:09 PM #4
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/
Last edited by Cer0; 10-05-2010 at 09:09 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
10-05-2010, 09:10 PM #5
This looks like a cool idea, but it might not work out very wellName? whereswaldo
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10-05-2010, 09:12 PM #6
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.El Zurdo
10-05-2010, 09:35 PM #7
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...
Last edited by robertr1; 10-05-2010 at 09:47 PM.
10-05-2010, 09:45 PM #8
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.
10-05-2010, 09:49 PM #9
10-05-2010, 09:49 PM #10
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
Last edited by robertr1; 10-05-2010 at 09:52 PM.
10-05-2010, 09:50 PM #11
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10-05-2010, 10:02 PM #14
Correctly id'd pic of A. Einstein.
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10-05-2010, 10:17 PM #16
Very impressive! Works pretty well on the few things i've tested around my room.
10-05-2010, 10:25 PM #17
i love google goggle i have it in my phone
10-05-2010, 10:33 PM #18
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10-06-2010, 12:14 AM #20
So if I took a picture of my penis, would it point me to chat roulette?