You Can Now Communicate Using Your Facial Gestures

On Thursday, Google launched a few accessibility features that will allow you to control your phone with the use of facial gestures. The company also updated Lookout,  Google Facial Gesture is an app that utilizes your phone’s camera to identify objects and text in the physical world.

The first accessibility feature is called Camera Switches. What it does is, detects the user’s facial gesture using the front screen camera on your device. User’s are able to navigate their phones from a range of six gestures. Them being, look left, look right, look up, smile, raise eyebrows or open your mouth. It feature also enables you to assign gestures to tasks such as going back to the home screen or making a call. 

Camera Switches is the latest update to Switch Access, an Android feature started back in 2015 that allows users with a limited dexterity to navigate phones more easily with the help of adaptive buttons known as physical switches.

Camera Switches also enable the user or their care provider to select how long to hold a gesture and how big it needs to be for the phone to detect it. To access the feature, go to your phone’s settings,  choose Accessibility, and then click on Switch Access. Allow it all permissions, and you’re good to go. 

Furthermore, Google also launched a new app for Android called Project Activate. It allows people to use the same gestures used in Camera Switches to create customized actions using a single gesture, like sending a message or making a phone call. 

Google Facial Gesture provides the user with ample freedom by allowing them to assign any facial gesture to any action. Currently, Project Activate is only available in the UK, US, Canada, and Australia in English. It’s available on the Google Play Store. 

Last but certainly not least,  Google also brought an update to Lookout, an app first launched in 2019. It aims to help individuals who are blind or have low vision identify labels on food products, locate particular objects in a room and scan United States Currency. The previous year, Google updated Lookout with the addition of a Scan Document Mode that allows the phone to capture text on a page. Now, that feature has been revamped to also read handwritten texts. It currently supports handwriting in Latin-based languages, with more language compatibility on the way, according to google. 

Additionally, Lookout’s currency mode can now identify Euros and Indian Rupees, in addition to US dollars. products, locate certain objects in a room, and scan United States Currency. The previous year, Google updated Lookout with the addition of a Scan Document Mode that allows the phone to capture text on a page. 

Now, that feature has been revamped to also read handwritten texts. It currently supports handwriting in Latin-based languages, with more language compatibility on the way according to google. Additionally, Lookout’s currency mode can now identify Euros and Indian Rupees, in addition to US dollars.

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