Google Lens is adding a number of features at I/O 2019, with manual filters at the bottom of the camera interface to enter a specific mode. For example, pointing your camera at a menu will highlight dishes by connecting with Google Maps.

When users enter the restaurant view and point at a menu, Google Lens will highlight the dishes and link to reviews in Google Maps. Snapping a check will bring up a tip calculator, with Lens telling everybody their total.

Say you’re at a restaurant, figuring out what to order. Lens can automatically highlight which dishes are popular–right on the physical menu. When you tap on a dish, you can see what it actually looks like and what people are saying about it, thanks to photos and reviews from Google Maps.

Augmented reality is also coming to print materials. For example, hovering your camera over special magazine pages could overlay a video of step-by-step recipe instructions.
Or if you see a dish you’d like to cook in an upcoming issue of Bon Appetit magazine, you’ll be able to point your camera at a recipe and have the page come to life and show you exactly how to make it.

Users can also point your camera at text and Lens will automatically detect the language and overlay the translation right on top of the original words. This works in more than 100 languages, with Google Lens also coming to the Google Go app for international users and lower-power devices.

About the Author