google-gogglesI recently upgraded to a smart phone, the Motorla Droid from Verizon Wireless. Last week, Verizon Wireless released an over the air update to the Android 2.1 operating systems, and some really cool new features were added to my phone. However, along with these was a piece of software that kind of baffles me.  It is called Google Goggles, and the premise behind it is that you point your phone’s camera at something, such as a bar code, label, or famous landmark, and the software will analyze the photo and then give you resources to learn more about whatever it was that you took a picture of. I played around with it a little bit, and it was able to recognize a few different labels and brands, and I guess it was kind of fun for like five minutes. But when I really think about it, I can’t find reason why you would ever really need to use this. The software only really works on well known objects anyway, so if you have a smartphone it would be a lot more time efficient and easier to just look search for it on Google than to take a picture of it and wait for Google Goggles to analyze the photo. Maybe as Google refines and advances the software it might prove usable, but for now it is just a fun thing to play around with whenever you are bored.

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