Google Goggles

I'll admit I never really use Google Goggles a lot but as Google continues to update the app and add new features, they're making some compelling arguments that give me reasons to use it. The latest update adds an opt-in photo recognition feature.

With it, you can snap a picture using your devices camera, Google will then scan the image for landmarks, paintings and other interesting objects. Once scanned, if anything is identified it will then offer up information and details about what you just took a picture of.

Pretty awesome! Although, now I just want to go around the city scanning everything and seeing what information is available. The update is available now in the Android Market and the download can be found past the break.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

 

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Google Goggles updated to v1.6, now analyzes your images to provide info

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"...you can snap a picture using your devices camera, Google will then scan the image for landmarks, paintings and other interesting objects. Once scanned, if anything is identified it will then offer up information and details about what you just took a picture of."

Uhm, isn't this the POINT of Goggles in the first place? What am I missing here? How is this functionality an "update" or "new feature" from what it already did, which was already exactly this?

I was wondering the same thing, since (before I uninstalled it in frustration) its "tutorial" pretty much said that's exactly what it was going to do.

The reason I uninstalled it was because it never seemed to do that, even on a trip to Boston when I pointed it at any number of famous landmarks, and when I tried to use it for the things that it at least attempted to do (OCR, sign translation) the results were unusable. Maybe I'll try it again on vacation later this year.

That IS the point of Google Goggles. However I have never once gotten it to work. The concept has always been cool, but without a successful execution, I had pretty much given up. I believe I managed to get 2 business cards "captured" and input, but it took me 4 times as long as if I had simply typed in the information. Solving suduko is a neat parlor trick, but one tires of it quickly.

So, with all of that said, perhaps they are closer to actually implementing the concept once envisioned soooooo long ago?