Google fits a pair of ‘Goggles’ to Android search

Google has introduced a new visual-search technology for Android phones, giving it the inevitably cutesy name of Google Goggles. Part of a trio of Monday announcements concerning voice, location, and visual search technologies, Google Goggles matches a photo you take with your Android phone with images in – where else? – Google’s data centers. If a match can be made, Goggles provides you with information about the object you just snapped. The technology also includes text-recognition capabilities so that you can, as an example in an introductory video demonstrates, scan a business card, and move the card’s info into your Android address book. A third capability adds augmented reality to the camera’s view, using a combination of the phone’s GPS and compass to allow you to scan the scene around you with your phone’s camera and have info pop up onscreen about businesses and other sites you view. Don’t expect a visual-computing revolution overnight, however. Google’s introductory blog posting freely admits that such computer vision is still experimental. In its current incarnation, Google says, the Goggles technology works best on books, DVDs, landmarks, logos, contact info, artwork, businesses, products, barcodes, or text. It’s “not so good”, however, at deciphering shots of animals, plants, cars, furniture, or clothing.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/08/google_goggles/

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