I’ve never had much luck with Google Goggles; it’s a fancy feature tacked on to the Google Search iOS app that’s supposed to return search results related to any item or text photographed from within the app. But it’s sent me shopping for dresses after I’ve snapped a picture of speakers, and tried to conduct searches using text it thinks it’s found — when their wasn’t any.
Brand-spanking-new CamFind attempts more-or-less the same trick — only it’s better at it.
It isn’t perfect, but the newcomer consistently outperforms Googles when the two are compared side-by-side over the same item. Not only that, but CamFind will speak the results of its search (you can turn this off if you don’t appreciate a chatty iPhone).
As with Google Goggles, there’s more functionality than just identifying an object and throwing up shopping results. You can scan barcodes and QR codes; snap an image of a restaurant’s sign and CamFind displays the eatery’s menu; or take a photo of a famous landmark to learn more about it.
One drawback to CamFind: It’s slow.