Google Goggles Coming 'Soon' to iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    ReadWriteWeb reports that a Google project manager has confirmed that the company's Google Goggles application currently available only on its Android platform will be coming "soon" to the iPhone. Google Goggles allows mobile users to take pictures of objects and have the content automatically identified for them.
    The report notes that Apple's iPhone OS 4 will be adding new APIs providing developers with full access to still and video camera data, tools that will make it easier for Google and other developers to create tools like Google Goggles and augmented reality applications.

    Article Link: Google Goggles Coming 'Soon' to iPhone
  2. macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2010
    Sounds good to me. I'd enjoy testing it to see how good it is.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2005
  4. macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    google is a breath away from ruling the world. I don't like it but I can't help but think some of what they do is amazing.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2009
    Apropos of nothing... I was just at the SFMOMA a couple of weeks ago studying that Frida Kahlo painting. Weird to see it showing up on MR!
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Google Goggle Blocker?

    Amazing technology. And just think: we're only a few lines of code away from taking a photo of some cute random girl and being able to get her name, home town, and other publicly available data. For example, snap a photo of somebody (girl, guy, anybody) and get their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace accounts, and whatever else.

    If that ever became possible, Google would probably face huge pressure to implement some kind of "Google Goggle Blocker" list. Like the telephone no-call list. Otherwise it could create nightmare scenarios with cyber- and real-world stalkers, psycho ex-boyfriends, psycho ex-wives, and other harassment.

    And it's just a small matter of programming. Apple already has face recognition technology built into iPhoto, and I'm sure Google could easily create their own face recognition code (if they haven't already). Google obviously has pattern-matching technology in Google Goggles, and they've crawled hundreds of millions of social networking accounts.

    Kind of scary.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    Destin, Florida
    They probably have the technology now as we speak but have not figured out a way to make it safe to use for blocking those unwanted visitors when it comes to the stalker theory. I would think it would be a nice thing to use , only if these people you are taking pictures of are already your friends,family . not just random people that you have taken pictures of while out in public
  8. macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    City of Angels
    oMoby already does this for iphone. The technology is basically a pattern classifier. And if it doesn't land a hit, the picture sent to a group of people, probably in some other country, who actually get paid to identify things

    I took a picture of my friend. Since it couldn't identify him, it returned "blue shirt" since that's what he was wearing

    Then I took a picture of my middle finger and got a terms of service violation
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2010
    I would like to see an app that when you point camera at a leaf or plant, it provides you with the kind of plant you're trying to identify. Would also be good for animals, insects, birds, etc.
  10. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I think it can automatically translate any language too! I want now!
  11. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    That would be amazing. If I had had that in Botany class...
  12. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    Me too. I needed it this past weekend to help identify poison ivy. Goggles knew enough to display that it was a plant, but said it couldn't do more with plants.

    In the end I just said "poison ivy" to my phone and let Google display some images that we matched up against.

    Re: Google Goggles:

    My wife's a teacher and is constantly showing me books that she needs "another copy of right away".

    Goggles works great for that purpose: I snap a picture of the front of the book and a few seconds later I get its name, author, reviews and where to buy it.

    It's great being lazy :)
  13. macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2010
    Stalkers, psycho ex-boyfriends, ex wives etc. already exist without this technology. Twitter accounts, facebook etc, are totally private, the user can set their privacy settings, and allow whom they choose to see it. This technology isn't that smart.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2008
    Nice idea, that would actually not be so bad at all. Interesting to see a logo or add just take its pic and you know everything about it.
  15. macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
  16. macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2003
    What planet do you live on?
    Or was that sarcasm?
  17. macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    I tried this app in a phone store and I was left disappointed. It doesn't really work.
  18. macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2003
  19. macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2008

    True, however it would require google's bots to crawl through everybody's facebook photos and run facial recognition software on them - processing their default picture wouldn't give them enough data. For any accuracy they'd want to crawl hundreds of clear photos with no sunglasses, hair in the way, etc. Anybody here use the facial recognition in iPhoto? It's pretty crap. Although the technology is there, I seriously doubt it ever happening. Google would also need permission to crawl through private facebook permissions without a granted friend request, which facebook would never allow.

    We're safe. For now.
  20. macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2007
    Spokane Valley,WA
    Looks like were going back to web apps fine with me :)
  21. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    Googlephone or iPhone, AT&T's new data cap will destroy the future of video calls.
  22. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    I love Goggles.

    Barcodes, QR codes, text, buildings, logo's.... IT has worked pretty flawlessly for me.

    I even took a picture of my work phone (SonyEricsson C902) and it identifies it. Good to see this coming to iPhone!
  23. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    AT&T probably saw the front facing camera on Gizmodo and thought: "not on my network!" The cap effectively pushes more and more to Wifi/Skype.
  24. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    AR is going to be so much awesome in the future. Especially mapping with AR!
  25. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2008

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