Google has begun testing a new search product called ‘Goggles’, which lets users scour the Internet with mobile telephone cameras or spoken words in multiple languages. The service uses online using pictures taken with cameras in mobile phones based on its Android operating system.
“When you take a mobile phone camera and connect it to the Internet, it becomes an eye,” Google mobile search vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra said while demonstrating Goggles in Mountain View, California.
“Google Goggles lets you take a picture of an item and use the picture as the query.”
An experimental version of Goggles will be available for people at Google Labs website.
Goggles already recognizes books, wine labels, CD covers, and landmarks.
“In the future, you will be able to point (a camera phone) and we will be able to treat it as a mouse pointer for the real world,” Gundotra added.