Google celebrated day one of Google I/O 2012 conference with a slew of new products and more announcements. Stand back a little and you start to see a company has pitch battles on its hand on many fronts, despite being strong on search, advertising and android.
If you had any doubt that we are living in the future, Google today introduced visual translation tools for use with a camera phone. Specifically, the new version of its Google Goggles app can recognize pictures of words written in five languages and rapidly translate them.
Locations identified within the 10 or 20 meters possible by GPS today are far too inaccurate — we need to know where we are we are right down to the millimeter! One futurist says with millimeter accuracy enabled by photographs, augmented reality will actually become possible.
With 197 million augmented reality-capable smartphones set to be in the global market by 2012, the building blocks are falling into place for people to merge digital information with their view of the physical world. But there’s still a long way to go.