Google Lens, an image recognition technology developed by Google, recently received an update. The app has been upgraded with fresh functionalities that include support for skin condition detection, the ability to do your maths homework, shopping matching products and searching for similar food served nearby. In addition to this, it has also been integrated with Google Bard- Google’s AI chatbot.
Google Lens for iOS and Android smartphones will now be capable of detecting a specific skin condition helping you identify medical issues. Google Lens will now make an attempt to detect a specific condition that might be impacting your skin if you point your phone’s camera at any areas of your skin that have a rash or some other kind of irritation. Choosing an image from the gallery you can look for related-looking pictures or visually similar to what you see on your skin. This feature also works if you’re not sure how to describe something else on your body, like a bump on your lip, a line on your nails or hair loss on your head. This feature is currently available in the U.S.
Using Google Lens you can now also know about a building or a landmark which you don’t know about. The lens can tell you what you’re looking at and provide links to learn more.
If you’re travelling this summer, Lens can assist you with overcoming the language barrier. You will be able to upload or click an image of the text you wish to translate, such as a menu or a street sign, or you can simply aim your camera at it to use Lens’ Translate filter. Directly on the screen of your phone, Lens will detect the writing language and overlay the translation on top of it.
As mentioned earlier Google Lens will now also help you solve your maths problems. When you apply the “homework help” filter on a maths, history, or science homework issue and take a photo, Lens will share solutions with you. You can solve problems in a variety of languages using the homework assistance tool, and you can choose the language in which search results should be shown.
You would also be able to shop for matching products using Google’s image recognition tool. You can use Lens to find and purchase a product if you’re browsing on your phone and come across one that you’d want to purchase. You can find a list of shoppable matches with links to online stores if you simply snap a screenshot and pick it in Lens. If you notice anything while you’re out and about that, you want to buy, it works the same way: You may see options from online retailers by pointing your camera with Lens and taking a picture. While Multisearch in Lens lets you combine both words and images to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Take a photo of the shoes in Lens in this situation, and then swipe up to add phrases to your search (like “blue”). Then, Lens will display matching shoes in the colour of your choice. This also applies to patterns. For example, let’s say you like the design of a shirt and want to use it for your curtains. Simply snap a picture of the garment in Lens, swipe up, and type “curtains” to get the answer. Similarly using the Multisearch in Lens you may also look for things nearby, like food from local restaurants. The lens will show you nearby restaurants that serve what you’re looking for.
Last but not least, Google Lens will get Google Bard integrated into it. According to Google in the coming weeks, you’ll be able to include images in your Bard prompts and Lens will work behind the scenes to help Bard make sense of what’s being shown.
For example, you can show Bard a photo of a new pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing for your vacation, and ask what they’re called. You can even ask Bard for ideas on how to style those gladiator sandals for a complete summer look, and then continue browsing on Search — using the “Google it” button — to explore a wide range of products from retailers across the web.
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