MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Sometimes you just don't have the time or energy to type keywords into an internet search engine, so the folks at Google have devised a creative alternative - Google Goggles. Unveiled Monday at a Search Event, the new Google Goggles application will allow users to use images to search the web.
"It is our goal to be able to identify any image," said Google's vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra. "It represents our earliest efforts in the field of computer vision. You can take a picture of an item, use that picture of whatever you take as the query."
How does it work? "A picture is worth a thousand words."
Simply snap a picture with your cellphone and Google will identify it for you. Google Goggles can be used to gather information about landmarks, books, artwork, places, contact information, wine bottles and logos. Now you can point your mobile phone at a particular painting or sculpture and instantly learn the artist, title and any other pertinent data about the piece.
The Google Goggles feature is currently only supported on Android - for the time being.
[Image: Illustration showing how Google Goggles search for artwork can be used. Courtesy Google Goggles Labs.]