I you’re not familiar, Google Goggles is a Droid app where you point the camera at something, and it anylizes the image to give you more information on it. I toyed with it a bit when I first downloaded it, but today for the first time I actually used it for something.
In another thread, someone linked to www.futilitycloset.com, an interesting little blog. Right now, the second post on the first page is this. I really liked the picture at the top of that post, so I pulled up Google Goggles on my Droid and pointed it at my computer screen.
A few seconds later, I had the name of the painting and of the artist (Le Deluge, by Leon Comerre in case anyone’s wondering). Without Google Goggles, I would have been trying to type a description into Google’s search bar. “Dark painting with lots of naked people and a lion and a bear in the rain” certainly brings up some interesting results, but nothing about the picture I was trying to find the source of.
Yeah, I found that yesterday. (I have to point out that it felt slightly odd using google to google “google goggles”). Not very much there at all, which is why I asked if you could point me to more.
FWIW, in some of my grad school work (human/robot interaction), we relied in some part on the SIFT algorithm to perform object recognition, and I was wondering if the goggles relies on a similar technique.
Y’know, I’m embarrassed to admit that there was at least 10 seconds of confusion and mental gear grinding between reading that and chuckling.
My (personal) geek cred was just dealt a severe blow.
I looked around for a while on the net and found that you have to have android 1.6 or higher. I’m on 1.5, so apparently Goggles doesn’t even show up when I look in the market. Supposedly Sprint will be upgrading people with older versions some time this month. 2.1 is the latest version.
I did watch a video of Goggles, and it does look really cool.
You can root many android phones, particularly the HTC devices for which there is a very active dev community. Google “Cyanogen android” - that young man is doing wonders with the platform, and really should be getting paid big bucks by Google.
My phone has already been upgraded over the air from android 1.5 to 1.6, and Vodafone have said that their UK legacy devices are going to be upgraded ota to android 2.something. I’ll go back to factory settings, accept the upgrade, and use that as a base, and then use one of cyanogens releases again
Another similar use of ANY cell phone with a camera is 2D bar codes.
You don’t even have to take the picture - just turn on the camera feature, and scan your camera over that code.
Think of them as your own personal bar code that, instead of finding the price of an item, it places your info into a phone; for instance, your name, address, website, phone number, etc. It is quite easy to create your own bar code and put it on your business card.
They have started using them in ads in magazines (“I like those pants. Oh look, a 2D bar code!”) and scan the code with your cell camera - and it takes you to the website where you could find the pants, price, location of nearest store, etc.
(You can Google 2D barcodes to find out more, with lots of links.)