Google has been showing off the fruits of its AI and machine learning research at its I/O conference.
(CCM) — Google has revealed more details about Lens, an app that uses state-of-the-art machine learning and artificial intelligence to make sense of what it "sees," at its annual Google I/O developer conference in California. Google Lens uses image recognition to identify things held in front of a smartphone's camera; so when pointed at a flower, it can provide its name. Perhaps more useful, when a user points the camera at a sticker on the back of a router bearing the network name and password, Lens can make sense of this and automatically configure the WiFi settings to connect to that network. Lens will be released in the near future.
The company has also enhanced its Google Photos app using facial recognition technology. Using the new capabilities, the app will spot photographs of individual friends and suggest that the user shares them with that person. It will also enable couples to share pictures of their children automatically with each other — the app will recognize when one partner takes a photo of any of their children and place it in a shared photo album.
Google also announced that it will be launching two low-cost virtual reality (VR) headsets, made by HTC and Lenovo, for its Daydream VR platform. In addition, it revealed that Samsung's new Galaxy S8 devices will now work with Google's budget Daydream headset.
One final significant announcement is the release of a software development kit (SDK) to allow developers to integrate Google's assistant into their own products. The move follows Amazon's release of an SDK so developers can do the same thing with its Alexa intelligent assistant.
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