Thursday, 18 May 2017

Google reveals object identification software using phone camera

Google has announced a new tool that will enable users to get information about any object just by pointing a phone camera at it.
Google Lens uses image recognition software and artificial intelligence to answer questions about anything the user photographs.

It is due to be added to the company's smart virtual helper, Google Assistant, before being rolled out.

The tech giant says the tool will enable people to identify, for example, flowers or artworks.

It can also be used as an interface to process images, for example by connecting a phone to a wifi network by taking a picture of a router's password.

It was unveiled at Google's annual developer conference I/O, which started on Wednesday near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said technology is moving to an "AI-first world", and the company is embracing it.

The company also announced its Google Home smart speaker will soon be able to make voice calls.

Google Home was launched in the UK in March and is a rival to the Amazon Echo, which uses its own voice-based assistant, Alexa, to answer questions and help with tasks.

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