Google Maps Immersive View, New Translation Languages, Docs TL;DR

Google’s 2022 I/O Conference is finally here. From virtual cards that come to life to a new way of communicating with your home security system, there are many unexpected surprises to unwrap from the keynote. Here are some of the highlights.

Stare down at your Google Nest until it does things for you

One of the stranger new features Google announced this year concerns Nest stroke max. The function called “look and speak‘, allows you to easily initiate a conversation with your Nest search to it. That means you don’t have to joke “Hey Google” to get it paying attention. No, instead all you have to do is stare at your home security display with steely eyes, after which it realizes you want something and you can start hurling demands at it.

The whole thing is operated by Google face match and voice match Features that need to be enabled for it to work. This feature is optional, and Google has pointed out that “videos from these interactions are processed entirely on-device, so they’re not shared with Google or anyone else” — a fact that makes it a little less creepy.

So, uh, yes… seduce your house robot with your eyes and bewitch it to follow your every command. It’s definitely not weird or anything.

You Can Now Immerse Yourself in Google Maps

In what will probably be the most popular new feature announced today, Google is Launch an “immersive view” for maps. This new improved “View” uses state-of-the-art graphics to immerse you in lifelike simulations of cities you might want to visit. So, unlike Street View – which is based on real imagery – the “immersive” view essentially transforms the local terrain into one that can be seen from a distance Skyrim Step. If you want to judge what the inside of a local London restaurant looks like, you can do that simply to “check the mood”. The digital detail aims to allow you to “feel like you’re right there before you ever set foot inside”.

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“Whether you’re traveling to a new place or exploring hidden local gems, the immersive view will help you make the most informed decisions before you travel,” claims Google. The new feature will roll out later this year in select cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Tokyo. More cities are expected to be added to the list soon. This style reminds us how Microsoft flight simulator uses Bing map data to create realistic models of cities and other environments, but isn’t tied to a video game.

Google Docs gets to the point

Slow readers and lazybones of the world rejoice! Google is rolling out a new feature for Workspace that provides automatic summaries of Google Docs documents so you don’t have to agonize through particularly long reading times. You could call it that TL; DR Characteristic. Powered by AI and machine learning, the new tool can reduce a 25-page report to a digestible summary, Pichai claimed during the feature’s presentation. The feature will eventually roll out to other products in Workspace, he said. That’s good news for you, and possibly bad news for Gizmodo writers, whose jobs are likely to be replaced by an algorithm soon.

Google image results for makeup are filtered by skin tone

Google says you can now search for makeup by filtering by skin tone. The new characteristic uses the so-called Monk Skin Tone Scale, a tool developed by Ellis Monkassociate professor of sociology at Harvard University, designed to “provide a broader range of skin tones that can be used to evaluate datasets and ML [machine learning] Models for better representation.” Google says it will open source this technology for other companies to use or adapt for their own purposes. Google is also working to apply the findings from this research to its photo apps.

24 new Google Translate languages

Google has too added 24 new languages ​​for Google Translate, bringing languages ​​spoken by millions of people around the world. To date, the company’s translation feature only worked with 109; today’s additions bring the total to 133.

New languages ​​include: Assamese, Aymara, Bambara, Bhojpuri, Dhivehi, Dogri, Ewe, Guarani, Ilocano, Konkani, Krio, Kurdish (Shoran), Lingala, Luganda, Maithili, Meiteilon (Manipuri), Mizo, Oromo, Quechua, Sanskrit, Sepedi, Tigrinya, Tsonga and Twi.

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