Google Lookout helps blind people recognize products and read documents

Google first launched the Lookout app for the visually impaired in 2019. It allows blind and visually impaired people to navigate the world around them using a smartphone - but previously it was only available on Pixel phones and only supported English. The company has now added support for French, Italian, Spanish and German, as well as two new operating modes. In addition, the app has dramatically expanded the list of supported Android devices.

The first of the new modes is called Food Label. It helps the user to recognize the product in the package by pointing the phone camera at the name. With it, Lookout can, for example, distinguish a can of canned corn from a can of green peas.

The second mode is called Scan Document. It allows you to take a photo of any letter or document, decipher it and read it to the user aloud. Several algorithm enhancements enable large amounts of text to be scanned. This allows Lookout to, for example, read a book by scanning it one page at a time.

The big benefit of the updated Lookout is that it is no longer tied exclusively to Google's own Pixel phones. You can download the application from the Play Store to any Android smartphone that has more than 2 GB of memory and Android OS 6.0 or higher.