Google has just updated their Google Mobile App with Google Goggles, a visual search tool that allows users to search the web by simply taking pictures of the world around them. Say you’re on holidays and spot a landmark that’s familiar to you, but you can’t recall what it’s called. Just take out your iPhone (and iPod 4G) and snap a picture of the structure and let Google dish out more details. Or you’re at the bookstore and want to know more about the author George Pelecanos. Yep, you guessed it – take a picture of the cover and let Google do the rest.
If you haven’t downloaded the Google Mobile app yet, be sure to grab it and see for yourself how cool and potentially useful this new feature can be. Demo video of the app in action after the gap.
Update: Apparently, Google Goggles does not currently work on an iPod 4G, as it requires the auto-focus function found on the iPhone 4’s camera (the one on iPod Touch 4G uses fixed focus). Thanks for the tip Paul.
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