A snap of a CS 107 textbook yielded the ISBN and where to purchase it. (ISAAC GATENO/The Stanford Daily)
I took a picture of some text in French. Translated. I took a picture of my roommate’s computer full of stickers. Corporate logos recognized. I took a picture of my CS107 textbook, my copy of “Watchmen,” some barcodes, a bottle of Panamanian beer. I even loaded up a picture of Memorial Church on my computer screen and immediately got a link to its location on a map.
Goggles is still a Google Labs product, which means it’s still in development stages. While it can feel like an early beta at times, it’s definitely consistent enough to impress your friends and even be useful in most circumstances. I suppose you might have to be willing to deal with trying a query a few times before it works.
All in all I think this is a solid product making its debut in front of a very large audience. I’m excited to see what Goggles will be able to do once it really grows up.