Google Lens - Recognises Text, Objects and Places.
Google Lens is a powerful and free app that can allow you to read out text from a sign, book or handout as well as translate text and even recognise objects. Useful in so many scenarios, for example, if you have text to read like a report, assignment, book or notes, then use the app to read the text out loud. Sometimes people prefer to listen to information than read it.
You can use Google Lens from:
- Google Photos - on your desktop/laptop.
- Google Assistant on most Android phones
- The Google app on some Android phones
Most useful for: Looking after the small details can help look after the bigger picture so Google Keep can help you look after these small details effectively.
Its key features are:
Scan and translate text: Translate text in real time, look up words, add events to your calendar, call a number, and more. Or just copy and paste to save some time.
Find a look you like: See an outfit that caught your eye? Or a chair that's perfect for your living room? Get inspired by similar clothes, furniture, and home decor—without having to describe what you're looking for in a search box.
See what’s popular on menus: Wondering what to order at a restaurant? Look up dishes and see what’s popular, right on the menu, with photos and reviews from Google Maps.
Explore nearby places: Learn more about popular landmarks. See ratings, hours of operation, historical facts and more.
Identify plants and animals: Find out what plant is in your friend's apartment, or what kind of dog you saw in the park
Step-by-step homework help: Stuck on a problem? Quickly find explainers, videos, and results from the web for math, history, chemistry, biology, physics, and more.
Our Top Tip:
When you go to the library or have a handout, trying using Google Lens to read the information. Remember to use your Headphones so you can listen without distractions.
Demonstration of Google Lens in Action
Video source: The Verge YouTube channel
Get more Advice:
If you are a student in Higher Education, speak to your Assistive Technology Officer or Disability Officer /Learning Support Officer.
If you are a Student in the FET/ETB then it may be possible to speak to an Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator, Student Access Officer, Student Support Coordinator or a Disability Support Officer for more information about assistive technology.
If you are an Employee and are interested in this technology then speak to your Disability Liaison Officer (public service) or your Line Manager to start the conversation.