Editor in Chief
- Dec 30, 2010
- Reaction score
- Austin, TX
Google has applied for a new patent that allows users to find their location by snapping a photo of a landmark. The user's picture is then submitted to Google's servers which will attempt to try and match the photo with an existing file in their database. If a match is found a location will be sent to the user's device. The new patent application might seem a bit impractical for devices currently on the market, mostly because GPS and Google Maps are available almost anywhere.
Furthermore, a service like this would probably require a data connection which could potentially limit its use. Still, it might fit nicely with some augmented reality glasses or maybe Google will just add it to their patent portfolio and leave it at that. Whatever Google's plans are, the application has yet to be approved.
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