Google Goggles, we accept you

Today’s Google press event foretold some innovations that could make finding information easier for everyone, including people with disabilities. With our usual reservations about accuracy, we’re intrigued by query-by-voice technology. Google Goggles will let you submit a photo and return information about the subject; not new technology, but we’ll look forward to Google’s spin on it. The ability to include near-real-time Twitter feeds in search results could be useful in emergencies and other situations where people need fast information access, particularly to Deaf people for whom other information channels may not be as accessible. But we’d give the “most innovative” award to a cellphone-based capability that will predict what you’re searching for based on your geographic location, saving people with dexterity disabilities a lot of keystrokes–e.g., type in “c…u…” in New York and it would bring up a list of CUNY campuses; type it in Chicago and get information on handling chronic heartbreak.

NYTimes: Google Adds Live Results From Twitter to Searches

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5 Responses to Google Goggles, we accept you

  1. Jim Tobias says:

    Google Goggles looks even smarter — it understands business card layout, for example, so it optimizes its scanning if it sees one. It’s also primed to find QR codes, which Google is now rolling out in the real world — restaurants, stores, etc. will soon be sporting Google’s logo and the code. So this looks like another amazing step forward for augmented reality and location-based information services. Great benefits for people with vision or intellectual disabilities — anyone who needs help navigating, organizing, responding to the environment. But you gotta admit, this is a bit scary.

  2. I think that’s a good move; the article doesn’t have to delve very far into potential abuses to show the issues (they don’t mention what stalkers could do with it, for example). But it would be nice if the technology could be used with a limited set of pictures–e.g., people with cognitive disabilities that affect memory could create a database of family, friends, colleagues, etc. and then match it against real-time photos to get info on the person standing in front of them that they can’t quite place.

  3. Jim Tobias says:

    At Mobile World Congress, Google CEO Eric Smith demo’ed a new version of Google Goggles that recognizes print characters anywhere in the camera’s range, and converts it into complete text.

  4. Now optimized as Noogle Noggles for the iPhone and iPod Touch:

    Noogle Noggles

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