Mobile searching has just become way, way cooler
- Free, incredibly cool
- Doesn't work well with some categories of object at the moment
Right now, Google Goggles doesn't work well with food, cars, plants, or animals. But that's going to change. Developers say the app will soon be able to recognise plants by their leaves, even suggest chess moves by "seeing" an image of your current board. "We are only scratching the surface of the visual search technology," Google's engineers promise.
The app worked equally well with a DVD: we photographed the cover of Swingers and received information about the movie, followed by pages of relevant web results.
Google Goggles: The 'Chip-Off-the-Old-Block' Test
How about something a bit more involved? We grabbed a nearby bag of crisps to see if Google Goggles could grab the logo. Once again, no problems. The app saw that the chips were made by Lays and gave us a screen of info about the company.
Even an obscure product such as a tub of protein powder seems to work without so much as a hiccup. Google Goggles matched the actual photo to an online image from a retailer's website, then gave us ample info about the stuff.
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GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.