Google Lens Can Automatically Copy Handwritten Text and Paste It to a Document
Thanks to a Google Lens new feature, the days of handwritten notes could be gone. If only your handwriting is neat enough, you can now copy and paste handwritten notes from your phone to your computer with the Google Lens app. To use the new feature, you are required to have the latest version of Google Chrome and the Google Lens app on Android or the Google app on iOS devices.
During this quarantine period, a lot of work has moved home and on online platforms. For example, in families all around the world, the dining table has turned to a work desk, a video conference room and a kid’s playground at the same time. With all these distractions going on, we are all looking for something to stay productive.
We all turn to Google search when learning new things and sometimes what you’re looking for could be hard to describe in words. That is where Google Lens comes in. Thanks to Google Lens, those daily walks in the neighbourhood let one search for what they see in the physical world. Google Lens can also be a very useful tool for getting things done while working or learning from home.
Google Lens New Features
1. Copy Text From Paper to Laptop
Writing text on paper then typing them on your laptop or phone seems quite exhausting. Sure, you can write it down and take a picture, but that defeats the purpose. Thanks to this new feature by Google Lens, one can now take notes on paper and easily copy-paste them to your computer. No need to manually transcribe text anymore. Simply follow these steps:
- Open Google Lens and point it at the text you’d like to copy-paste.
- Snap a picture, and select the text. You’ll also have the option to adjust the selection.
- Once selected, you’ll see an option to ‘copy to computer.’ Click it.
- This should let you copy the text to your laptop. If you’re logged into more than one computer, you also have the option to choose to which one you want to paste the text.
- You should shortly receive a notification the text has been “copied to your clipboard.” Once you see that, simply paste the text wherever you want.
There are a few requirements needed to use this feature. You have to have the latest version of Chrome and be signed to the same Google account on both your handset and computer/laptop.
2. Learn New Words and How to Pronounce Them
According to Google, searches for learning a new language have doubled in the last few months. If you’re trying to learn a new language, you can use Lens to translate words in more than 100 languages worldwide.
To do this, simply point your camera at the text and the option to use translation will appear. If that wasn’t enough, one can also select the text with Lens and tap the new Listen button to hear a word is read out loud.
3. Look Up New Concepts
If you come across a word or phrase you’re not so sure of, Google Lens can help you understand it. With in-line Google Search results, you can choose complex phrases or words to quickly learn more.
What Is Google Lens?
Google Lens is an AI-powered technology that uses the smartphone’s camera to integrate deep machine learning that not only detects an object in front of the camera lens but understands it and offers reliable actions such as scanning, translating, shopping and more.
With the likes of Google Maps and more, Google Lens was one of Google’s biggest announcements way back in 2017. However, it was only exclusive for Google Pixel devices when the phone launched. Since then, Google Lens can be found in a majority of Android devices.
What Can You Do With Google Lens?
1. Detect Flowers, Animals, Paintings, and More
Google Lens is really useful at detecting flowers, animals, famous paintings, landmarks, and a lot more. When you’re going out to walk and come across an unknown flower, try using Google Lens to figure out what it is. Simply point your camera at the flower, animal (or object) to find what it is.
2. Add Contacts, Find Businesses by Scanning Visiting Cards
If you meet a lot of people who share their business cards with you, Google Lens can simply add contacts by scanning the business cards. The app also allows you to get directions to a business listed on Google Maps by scanning the business card itself.
3. Scan URLs from PC to Open in Mobile
If you have ever visited a website on your laptop and want to visit it on your smartphone, you can easily make it happen using Google Lens. Simply launch Google Lens on your phone, point it at the URL bar on your browser and tap on the URL. Google will auto-detect the URL text and give the option to go to that address in your smartphone.
4. Scan QR Codes and Barcodes
Google Lens also supports QR codes and Barcodes. Even though this feature was already launched in some countries, Google has extended the support to many regions including India. Google Lens can now scan barcodes and provide information from ISBN, FSSAI, AGMARK and other local standards from that particular region. The app also supports QR code reading so that you don’t have to install any third-party app from the Play Store.
5. Book Review and Summary
In addition to detection, Google Lens also added special support for books like plants and animals. If you can scan a book with Google Lens, it will provide a summary, the buying link, eBook suggestion and reviews. One awesome feature is that Google Lens is able to detect the book name if you scan some paragraphs from inside the book.