Google has made the Lookout app, which helps those who are blind or have low vision identify information about their surroundings, available to people with Pixel devices in the U.S. (in English only).
Announed at Google I/O last year, the app draws upon similar underlying technology as Google Lens, which lets you search and take action on the objects around you, simply by pointing your phone.
Google designed Lookout to work in situations where people might typically have to ask for help—like learning about a new space for the first time, reading text and documents, and completing daily routines such as cooking, cleaning and shopping. By holding or wearing your device, Lookout tells you about people, text, objects and much more as you move through a space. Once you’ve opened the Lookout app, all you have to do is keep your phone pointed forward. You won’t have to tap through any further buttons within the app, so you can focus on what you're doing in the moment.
Lookout will not always be 100 percent perfect. It detects items in the scene and takes a best guess at what they are, reporting this to you. So Google is seeking for feedback and learning about times when Lookout works well (and not so well) as the company continues to improve the app.
People with a Pixel device in the US can download Lookout on Google Play today.