If we say Google Goggles, you know what we are talking about? For those answering no, here is the explaination: Goggles is a project very close to augmented reality, presented by Google in 2010 that lets you search through the use of images. At the moment it seems pretty sci-fi, but soon it could be one of the tools we commonly use on our smartphones.
Some days ago, in fact, rumors spread saying that Google is planning to add a new feature related to Goggles inside its Android camera. This new feature will let you take advantage of the tool to take pictures and receive straight away information on what is portrayed inside them.
Essentially, it will be possible to take pictures of famous or recognizable objects and use Google search engine to receive information about them: SlashGear says that you will only have to take a picture and then trace an outline around the object you want information on, getting rid of background noise and clutter; Android will recognize it and will give you all the data you requested.
If this is not enough, Goggles can read text in eight languages (italian, english, spanish, german, french, portguese, russian and turkish) and translate them. It works also as a barcodes reader and QR codes scanner, pretty good feature in the case you want to save someone’s contact on your phone directly scanning QR or business cards, and it can even solve Sudoku puzzles.
It seems that Goggles has been tested also with wearables: it’s actually easy to imagine it used in an augmented reality headset.
Polaroid nostalgic, this is your moment: with the expansion of mobile photography and a world every day more connected and fast, the instant print of the pictures is coming back. Actually there are some different possibilities on the market, and today we present you a particular one: its name is Prynt and it is a smartphone case with integrated micro-printer and an augmented reality feature!
The first prototype came out at the beginning of the year, collecting the interest of gadget fans; its Kickstarter campaign had incredible results: in few time it reached and passed the $50.000 goal, collecting no less than $1,5 M, becoming also the most successful French-produced Kickstarter campaign ever.
More in detail, Prynt is a case adaptable to the most famous smartphone’s models transforming them in a true Polaroid-style camera; the case makes it possible to take digital pictures and to print them straight away. The integrated micro-printer doesn’t need electricity since it uses the Zink technology (well known by the fans of instant prints), that develops the pictures on a special paper using heat.
In the past we already saw micro-printers appearing (and unluckily also fast disappearing) on the market, but Prynt seems to have that extra oomph: it is augmented reality. The pictures printed with the case, in fact, can be focused with the smartphone and a special app to see short videos appearing on them.
Prynt can be ordered on the official site and for now is compatible with iPhone 6/6S/5/5s/5C and Samsung Galaxy S4/S5, but soon it will open also to other models.