Google Adds Text Recognition To Goggles

Friday May 7th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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Can't read that Mexican road sign? Just take a picture.

ChannelWeb: Google has added a new feature to the Goggles image recognition software--text recognition and translation. It works like this: If you don't understand some text on a sign, point your Android device at the words. Use the "region of interest" button to draw a box around the words and press the shutter button. Google Goggles will then try to translate it for you.

However, Google admits the service is far from perfect. "Computer vision is a hard problem. While we are excited about Goggles v1.1, we know that there are many images that we cannot yet recognize. The Google Goggles team is working on solving the technical challenges required to make computers see,” Google engineers wrote in a blog post on the topic.

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