August 14, 2020

“Lookout” app now available for all Android devices

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“Lookout” app now available for all Android devices

We reported here in March 2019 that Google had created a new Android app called Lookout to help the visually impaired. Similar to Microsoft’s Seeing AI for Apple devices, the application uses artificial intelligence (AI) combined with Talk Back to identify objects, read text, scan barcodes, and identify currencies.

At that time, Lookout was available only for Google’s Pixel devices in the U.S. Now, however, the company has updated the app for all Android devices and includes “Scan Document”, which takes a snapshot of a letter or other documents and reads it aloud, and “Food Label”, which identifies packaged food labels. 

The app is available at no cost from the Google Play Store for any Android device with more than 2GB of RAM and running Android 6.0 or newer.

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