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Google Lens - Recognises Text, Objects and Places.

Cost: Free | Platforms: Google Lens is an app available for both Android and Apple

Google Lens is a powerful and free app that can allow you to read out text from a sign, book or handout as well as translate text and even recognise objects. Useful in so many scenarios, for example, if you have text to read like a report, assignment, book or notes, then use the app to read the text out loud. Sometimes people prefer to listen to information than read it. 

You can use Google Lens from:

  • Google Photos - on your desktop/laptop.
  • Google Assistant on most Android phones
  • The Google app on some Android phones

Most useful for: Looking after the small details can help look after the bigger picture so Google Keep can help you look after these small details effectively. 

Its key features are: 

  • Scan and translate text: Translate text in real time, look up words, add events to your calendar, call a number, and more. Or just copy and paste to save some time.

  • Find a look you like: See an outfit that caught your eye? Or a chair that's perfect for your living room? Get inspired by similar clothes, furniture, and home decor—without having to describe what you're looking for in a search box.

  • See what’s popular on menus: Wondering what to order at a restaurant? Look up dishes and see what’s popular, right on the menu, with photos and reviews from Google Maps.

  • Explore nearby places: Learn more about popular landmarks. See ratings, hours of operation, historical facts and more.

  • Identify plants and animals: Find out what plant is in your friend's apartment, or what kind of dog you saw in the park

  • Step-by-step homework help: Stuck on a problem? Quickly find explainers, videos, and results from the web for math, history, chemistry, biology, physics, and more.

Google lens - reads out printed text and recognises objects and places.

Our Top Tip: 

When you go to the library or have a handout, trying using Google Lens to read the information. Remember to use your Headphones so you can listen without distractions.

Demonstration of Google Lens in Action 

Video source: The Verge YouTube channel 

Go to the Google Lens Website >

For instructions on Google Lens go to this Google site >

Get more Advice:  

  • If you are a student in Higher Education, speak to your Assistive Technology Officer or Disability Officer /Learning Support Officer.  

  • If you are a Student in the FET/ETB then it may be possible to speak to an Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator, Student Access Officer, Student Support Coordinator or a Disability Support Officer for more information about assistive technology.  

  • If you are an Employee and are interested in this technology then speak to your Disability Liaison Officer (public service) or your Line Manager to start the conversation.