I’m finally downloading a few more applications for my iPhone .. this one is Google’s Goggles : a very ambitious little program that tries to ‘recognize’ an object that you snap with the phone’s camera. I got some impressive results but also some disappointments. The program recognized the m from from m&m candy canister; the zhong character* from my Chinese Without Tears book; the Logitech logo on my mouse, and a picture of the Eiffel Tower on the computer screen. I could not get it to recognize my little space shuttle model (aww) even after a dozen attempts at different angles; or my own little Eiffel Tower replica. Maybe the lighting or the background should have been different.
*zhong 中 means ‘center’ or ‘middle’ and is used in the characters for China, literally ‘middle kingdom’ 中 国