Google Look: One of the most outstanding applications in improving the quality of life of people, especially those with some kind of paralysis – Google Look to Speak -, launched only in English at the end of last year, has just received an addition of 17 languages in its bank data, including Portuguese. The app uses the camera on Android phones so that people who are unable to communicate can form sentences just by moving their eyes.
Released on Tuesday (23) by Android Police, the update on the Look to Speak repertoire is one of the actions of the Google accessibility application package that seeks to promote the digital inclusion of people who are unable or otherwise incapacitated. In the case of the app, the smartphone reads aloud a series of pre-determined and pre-written sentences that are selected by the user when looking at their location on the screen.
What’s New in Google Look to Speak?
The addition of support for new languages is a contribution by Google so that more people around the world are able to communicate more easily with their families and caregivers. In addition to Portuguese, the package includes: Arabic (modern standard Arabic), Bengali, German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin American), French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Vietnamese.
While using machine learning algorithms to track eye movements in a front-facing camera is no technological marvel, Google’s solution has several advantages. Firstly because it can be installed on any smartphone, something most people always have at hand, and also because of its low cost when compared to other more sophisticated and expensive solutions.