Google is advancing its computer vision-powered app, Google Lens, with a new feature to detect skin conditions. Now, users can upload a photo of skin issues such as moles or rashes, and Lens will search for visual matches. This feature can be useful for individuals unsure how to describe their condition verbally.
Although this isn't as advanced as Google's AI app launched in 2021 to diagnose skin, hair, and nail conditions, it can still aid in deciding whether to seek medical help or over-the-counter remedies. However, the 2021 app faced regulatory barriers in the U.S. as it required approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
Alongside this, Google Lens is also integrating with Bard, Google's AI-powered chatbot. Users can include images in their Bard prompts, and Lens will help Bard understand what's being shown. For instance, if shown a photo of shoes, Bard, with Lens' analysis, will provide an appropriate answer.
This is part of the latest update to Bard, Google's response to ChatGPT. Google continues to invest significantly in generative AI technologies, with recent updates allowing Bard to write, execute, and test its code, enhancing its ability to solve complex math problems. In May, Google also partnered with Adobe to bring art generation to Bard.