Google Goggles

google gogglesGoogle Goggles: Android only

Google Goggles may blow your mind a little bit. Google Goggles will perform a search based upon a picture you take. Point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information. Goggles can also read text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, and translate it into other languages.

Getting started

  1. Download and open the app and Google Goggles will give you some information on how it works. We recommend you look at that information before scanning something.
  2. Then all you need to do is use your camera to take a picture of something and see if it works. Google recommends that Goggles works best with things like:
    • Books & DVDs
    • Landmarks
    • Barcodes & QR codes
    • Logos
    • Contact info
    • Artwork
    • Businesses
    • Products
    • Text

We used Google Goggles with a Google Nexus tablet that does not have a front-facing camera, and it does work better with a front-facing camera, but we think our screenshots will give you a good idea of the type of things you can do with Goggles.

One thing you can do is scan a barcode or QR code. Here we scanned a barcode of a book and Goggles identified the book and pulled up information about it (click to make them larger):

Goggles bookGoggles book resultsGoggles can also identify images. Here we scanned in a picture (since it was from a front-facing camera, it scanned it oddly) from a tin sign and Goggles knew what the picture was from and then showed us the original picture (click to make them larger):

Google Goggles 5Google Goggles 6

Goggles could also identify this picture of shoes and where the shoes came from (click to make it larger):

Google Goggles 1

If it was just a picture of some shoes we were wearing, Goggles probably couldn’t identify them. Here is a list of things Goggles does not currently work well with:

  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Cars
  • Furniture
  • Apparel

But in the future we’re sure this technology will continue to grow, so you should play around with Google Goggles.

For more information on Goggles, you may want to watch this video – Google Goggles:

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