By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Lookout is a new app that uses image recognition and artificial intelligence to describe a scene through a phone’s camera.

Google (GOOG) announced the app at its annual I/O developer conference this week. Google is testing the app now and said it will be released later this year, starting on Pixel devices.

If you walk into building lobby with an Android camera held in your hand or worn around the neck on a lanyard, pointed outward, Lookout will detect people and objects like elevator doors, and read nearby text. The app doesn’t require an internet connection.

Google says Lookout is designed to keep users engaged with what’s going on without bombarding them with information. It only describes the most important items. If a person wants to stop the narration, they put a hand over the camera or give it a knock to pause the app.

The company says the app uses similar technologies to Google Lens, a visual search tool. It combines machine learning, image recognition and several different machine learning models, according to the company. Read more from…

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