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Google Goggles for visual searches

December 8, 2009

On Monday Google announced “Google Goggles”, a visual search application for its Android mobile operating system. Point a phone like Motorola’s “Droid” at a landmark, work of art, or bottle of wine and the program will tell you what it is – or maybe offer to sell you one.

You can read a lot more about Google Goggles at corporate website, but hHere’s the official YouTube video demo to get you started:

The app will be available for iPhone later.  Whoah! That’s a switch –  a cool mobile app that does not appear first on the iPhone. Similar items are available for the iPhone, such as the Cortexica apps and Tin Eye Music, but they are not as comprehensive as Google Goggles. Competition is a good thing, and it’s about time Apple had some serious company in the smartphone development arena.

As a humanities guy, I love that you can use Google Goggles to identify works of art. All kinds of possibilities are suggested by the availability of software that recognizes images and can compare them to a database. Readers, I’d love to see some comments with ideas for educational applications of this technology.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. LT Lab permalink*
    December 10, 2009 11:21 am

    Here’s a related post by Josh Kim on BlogU – Dreaming of EDU Apps

  2. LT Lab permalink*
    December 9, 2009 12:35 pm

    Okay, I’ll get the app-ideas ball rolling. How about one where you point the camera at a student’s face and it tells you their name? If you had other data, it could do more, but even such a mundane app could be useful.

  3. Chaz permalink
    December 9, 2009 12:23 pm

    No ideas for usage, other than price comparison when out shopping, but if you need to test something on a Droid, I have one.


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