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These new Google features will make life easier for people with low vision, hearing impairment

Google has added new accessibility features to its apps that will make life easier for people with low vision and hearing impairment. These features were announced during the Google I/O 2024.

Written By: Om Gupta New Delhi Updated on: May 17, 2024 13:03 IST
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Google has added new capabilities to some of its accessibility apps. These new capabilities will make them easier to use for people who need them. The tech giant is rolling out a new version of its Lookout, Look to Speak, and Google Maps app. The new version of the Lookout app can now read out loud text and lengthy documents for people with low vision or blindness. In addition to this, the app now has a ‘Find’ mode that offers seven-item categories such as seating, table, and utensils to users. 

Once a user chooses a category, the app can tell users what it sees through the camera. It will also tell them the direction or distance of the object. The app can also describe an image and has an in-app capture button to allow users to take photos and get AI-generated descriptions. 

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Image Source : GOOGLELookout's Find mode and Image capture button help you get more information about the world around you

Look to Speak

The company has also rolled out an updated Look to Speak app. The app allows users to select phrases from a list, which they want to speak out loud using eye gestures. Now, users can trigger speech from a photo book that contains several emojis, symbols, and photos. They can also personalise these symbols or images as per their preference. 

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Image Source : GOOGLE Use Look to Speak text-free mode to communicate with images and symbols

Goolge Maps

Google has also updated its Maps app with new accessibility features. The app now gets screen reader capabilities for Lens in Maps. It will tell users the names and categories of the places it sees. It will also tell them the distance to the place. Furthermore, the company is also rolling out new updates to its detailed voice guidance that tells users directions. 

There is also good news for people who use wheelchairs.  Earlier, Google Maps’ wheelchair information was only available on Android and iOS, now the company has made information accessible on desktops too. For Android and iOS, users can now filter reviews focusing on Wheelchair access. 

ALSO READ: Apple introduces new accessibility for iPhone, iPad: Here's how it will help users with physical disabilities

 

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