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It might not be all that groundbreaking for those that are already familiar with using Google’s mobile-versions of its voice and image recognizing software, but for unfamiliar users the enhanced searching tools added to Google Chrome may just revolutionize the way you scour the internet on your desktop.
Last week the multimillion dollar web browser announced the adaptation of its Google Voice and Google Goggle’s to be used on personal lap tops and computers. Voice Search and Search by Image will allow users to use speak-to-text technology to search for items and will allow users to use reverse-recognition technology to identify an image, respectively. To get better acquainted with how each new search tool functions and its uses, continue reading below.
What do you need?
The software recognizes at least 230 billion words and is more or less designed to simplify the task of searching for extremely long or hard-to-spell names/phrases. It’s also designed for those that are constantly on the go and may not have enough time to sit down and type. For instance, if you are in a rush and need to get out of town fast, you can look up flight times while simultaneously packing your bags—all you need to do is click on the microphone icon that is to the right of the search engine box and tell the computer what you are looking for and violá (note you do need to glance at the screen to obtain the search results though, the computer won’t read them out to you). Google also claims that it will become exceptional useful for those trying to translate foreign languages—Google Translate is a already one of the leading free translators.
Granted Google’s Voice Search might not be the best device to use when at work—you may distract your coworkers and other outside voices may disrupt your search results— but it’s a tool that can help you enhance your search results and make the whole experience more interactive when at home.
Search by Image
Search by Image, on the other hand, allows users to identify a photo either by manually uploading a photo from the user’s desktop, pasting the URL of an image into the search box, or dragging a photo from another web page into the search box. The software will then analyze the image, using the image’s distinctive characteristics such as colors and textures and then will compare and contrast the image to Google’s database of photos. Google will then comprise a list of titles and descriptions that it “thinks” the photo matches as well as showcase other images that are similar to the original photo. Of course there are kinks with Search by Image—results will heavily rely on whether it’s something really familiar, such as a famous landmark, and whether it is indexed or not. But this software is exceptionally useful for professionals and bloggers who need to identify a photo’s original origins or need to identify a location.