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Google’s VR Camera App Will Help You Search ‘Virtually’ Online 

The search-engine giant is looking to go full force in its attempt to push virtual reality in different forms. 

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The Google Goggles app helps you search things online with help of visual aid. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

Internet giant Google is rumoured to have included an extra modification of Google Goggles to the official Google Camera app in Android devices. It will allow users to search for information by just taking a picture.

This feature is already in use with Google Goggles app which was launched in 2015. Google Goggles is an augmented reality (AR) app that allows users to make a search by taking a picture of a product or item.

However, most searches have failed to offer accurate results, as suggested by most users. Images often display plenty of distractions, background items and other objects that may throw off a search result.

The Goggles app is capable of reading text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish, and translate it into other languages.

The app can also be used like a barcode/QR code scanner. It can recognise famous landmarks, translate by taking a picture of foreign language text, add contacts by scanning business cards or QR codes, solve Sudoku puzzles, and find similar products.

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The reports state that a new version of the visual search technology has been tested in “wearable computing devices”, that may be incorporated with other products, like Google Glass and VR headsets.

Google Goggles was launched in 2009 as a visual search technology app, but after a few years the company stopped updating it and it fell by the wayside.

Google may merge this app directly with the camera so that it comes incorporated in all phones.

(With inputs from IANS)

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