Google Goggles for visual searches
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.