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Google Goggles: Heavy on hype, light on help

December 31, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

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Google Goggles: Heavy on hype, light on help

Google Goggles seemed amazing to me when it was first announced. The thought that I could perform visual searches on things I didn’t recognize was intriguing and something I thought would – cliche alert – revolutionize the way people discover information. Goggles might still do that someday, but not yet. Despite the impressive features that Goggles promise, they do not live up to the hype at the moment.

The official video touting Goggles suggests that scanning a business card will allow the app to scan the text and add that person to a phone’s contacts directory. Nice in theory, but real world tests of the application are not as smooth or successful. Below is a video of my attempts to get Goggles working in object recognition, text recognition for adding business card info to contacts, and using the augmented reality mode.

Results are mixed in this video and on several other attempts that led me to make it. Goggles is still an interesting app, but it’s not quite there yet.