Google Lens can make restaurant menu recommendations

Cal Jeffrey

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Google had several announcements at its I/O 2019 event on Tuesday. It had details on a new Hub device, improvements to Google Assistant, and the launch of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

The company highlighted its work on machine learning in its various products including Google Lens. Lens was first launched shortly after Google I/O 2017 and gave Pixel phones the ability to detect and identify objects through the camera and offer suggestion such as where to purchase the identified item.

Google expanded Lens to other Android devices and iPhones at last year’s I/O, and this year it has seen some significant improvements in what it can do.

Google Lens can now recognize restaurant menus — not just in a generic sense, but it can detect the specific restaurant. It then uses that information to highlight the most popular dishes right on the screen in real time. If you tap a menu item, Lens will pull up pictures and reviews for it.

After you finish eating Lens can help you with the bill too. Just point the camera at the check and Lens will calculate the tip and even split the bill for you of you wish.

Speaking of food, if you are more into home cooking and have a subscription to Bon Appétit magazine for example, just point the camera at a recipe, and Lens will bring up instructional videos on how to cook that dish.

Google Lens improvements were not strictly focused on food, although it seemed like it. Lens can now read text out loud or even translate it from another language. This feature could come in handy for reading signs when in a foreign country or for helping those who cannot read.

Look for these features to be rolling out in Google Lens before the end of May.

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Uncle Al

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Reading a different language would be helpful, especially if it could tell me "whats in it" ..... otherwise I'll choose for myself!
 

jobeard

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Hmm; I never check how popular an entree item is, when picking a restaurant to visit or after being seated. I have an innate desire for veal parmesan, trout almondine or maybe just a philly cheese. Heck, I've even settled for two different appraisers and a good glass of wine.

What AI can do is far from what people often desire IMO.
 
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kombu

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Hmm; I never check how popular an entree item is, when picking a restaurant to visit or after being seated. I have an innate desire for veal parmesan, trout almondine or maybe just a philly cheese. Heck, I've even settled for two different appraisers and a good glass of wine.

What AI can do is far from what people often desire IMO.
Shut up and embrace new technology. You're gonna love it whether you like it or not!