In my previous article I have talked about a search engine based on day to day images taken by our phone camera or any other digital cam and comparing that image with the images of any websites data base and retrieve the information about that picture. I thought it may take a while for any great search engine to design such search engine which have to compare your images with theirs and retrieve the information about that place or person which you have taken. But to my surprise the king of search engines, Google found out such search mechanism… they named it as Google image search and they even gave an extension to that thing which can be downloaded to your phone as a software… cool right… here comes our Google Goggles…

Google Goggles is a downloadable image recognition application created by Google Inc. which can be currently found on the Mobile Apps page of Google Mobile. It is used for searches based on pictures taken by handheld devices. For example, taking a picture of a famous landmark would search for information about it, or taking a picture of a product’s barcode will search for information on the product. Almost same as the product which I have predicted in my previous article right…

This software was developed for use on Google’s Android operating systems for mobile devices. While initially only available in a beta version for Android phones, Google announced its plans to enable the software to run on other platforms, notably iPhone and BlackBerry devices.
Google Goggles lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to search the web. It’s ideal for things that aren’t easy to describe in words. There’s no need to type or speak your query – all you have to do is open the app, snap a picture, and wait for your search results.

Google Goggles works better with certain types of queries. It can recognize up to three items at a time. For best results, try taking pictures of Books & DVDs, Landmarks, Barcodes & QR codes, Logos, Contact info, Artwork, Businesses, Products and Text.
Implies the program proposed will be able to identify virtually anything. Currently the system can identify various labels or landmarks, allowing users to learn about such items without needing a text-based search. The system can identify products barcodes or labels that allow users to search for similar products and prices, and save codes for future reference. The system will also recognize printed text and using optical character recognition (OCR) produce a text snippet, and in some cases even translate the snippet into another language.


Google is currently working to make the system able to recognize different plants and leaves, which can aid curious persons, those wishing to avoid toxic plants, and botanists and environmentalists searching for rare plants. It means now it can not search about them but in future they also can be predicted and can be retrieved information of.
As of June 2011, Google Goggles is running on version 1.4. Goggles specifically developed to run on mobile devices running the Android operating system. Goggles run on any phone running Android version 1.6 or higher and can be installed using the Android Market. Although developed for Android there is now also an iPhone version, as part of the Google Search app, available from the iTunes Store or App Store. Goggles requires iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 on iOS 4.0 or higher to run. In January 2011, version 1.3 was released; it can solve Sudoku puzzles.
Hope this product may lead to further more inventions on image comparison and retrieval and may the legacy begins…

Courtesy: google goggles

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Gopi chand ( MGIT ECE 3rd year)

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