After being around on the Android platform for since December last year, Google Goggles is finally available on the iPhone.
For those of you who don’t know what Google Goggles is, it is basically Google’s visual search app that lets users take pictures of anything that they want information about and throws up relevant results. Google is out to make sure that your phone camera will be able to tell you all you want to know about the world around you.
Google Goggles is ideal for things that cannot be easily phrased in words, so all you need to do is just take a picture of the said thing and that is enough to get you loads of information about the searched item. Eliminating the need to type or speak your query completely, all that needs to be done is the application is to be launched and a picture needs to be clicked.
The search engine then through image recognition and comparing the picture with the ones stored in their database, gives back information regarding the item. The application works best with the phone held upright in the landscape mode.
However since Goggles is still only a Google Labs product and hence in the experimental stages, working is still a little jittery. Some products are entirely unrecognized by the product and Google themselves mention a list of items which according to them work on Goggles. The list features items like books, DVD’s, barcodes of products, artwork, businesses, brands, landmarks, logos and text.
The app is able to recognise up to three items in one search. Anything other than these items like pictures of plants and animals don’t always give back accurate searches but that is already specified by Google. The app even features a language translator that recognises languages such as German, French and other Latin based languages and translates them to English.
Goggles is integrated into the Google Mobile apps and made available on the apple market store for the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4.
However due to the requirement of an auto focusing camera for the app to work it doesn’t run on the previous generation iPhone. The app is far from perfect on both the Android and the iPhone platform but it is available free of charge and can be quite handy in searching the items it can. Even though it’s a niche product as of now further development and research will make this app one of Google’s better products in times to come. Go ahead and try on these Goggles yourself.