Google Goggles About to Become Literal

Google Goggles About to Become Literal

Feb 24, 2012

Google Goggles, the augmented-reality service from Google that scans photographs for related information, is about to come to a new platform: glasses. Yes, it appears as if the term Google Goggles is about to become literal, as the New York Times and 9 to 5 Google are reporting. These glasses, which reportedly resemble Oakley Thumps, would offer a heads-up display with a built-in camera to get augmented reality information. Users could hypothetically put them on and look around their surroundings to get information on nearby restaurants and stores, or to help identify landmarks. The devices would be Android-powered, and have Bluetooth and cellular radios for communication. User head movement would power the device’s user interface, where nods would help move between menus and confirm selections. They’re not meant to be worn all the time, but as something to be put on when necessary. It’s a bold idea, one that Google may be releasing just as a sort of public experiment, and one that hasn’t been revealed to the public yet, but these could be an intriguing new piece of technology.

Google Goggles Now Does Background Searching for Any Photo via Camera App

Google Goggles Now Does Background Searching for Any Photo via Camera App

Sep 16, 2011

Google has updated their Google Goggles app for scanning photographs to version 1.6, and with it, a brand new useful feature. The app can now run in the background as any photograph is taken, and then automatically scan it for any relevant content. This process happens entirely in the background once a photo is snapped, and a notification will appear in the notification bar when content is found in the photograph. This means that users can easily use the app without remembering to use the app, or without opening up its interface at all. This can easily be used to replace any kind of QR code or barcode reader, and with some phones having a dedicated camera app button, this makes scanning potentially even easier. This automatic searching can be enabled by going into the app’s settings and enabling searching from the camera. The automatic searching feature works on Honeycomb devices as well as Froyo/Gingerbread phones. The Google Goggles update is now available from the Android Market.