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The new features, called Camera Switches and Project Activate, let users navigate their devices without their hands or voice.
Google is rolling out a few new accessibility features for Android users, including the ability to control your phone and communicate using facial gestures, the company said Thursday. It also rolled out an update to Lookout, which uses a person’s phone camera to identify objects and text in the physical world.
The first update, called Camera Switches, detects facial gestures using your phone’s camera. Users can choose from six gestures — look right, look left, look up, smile, raise eyebrows or open your mouth — to navigate their phone. They can also assign gestures to carry out tasks like open notifications, go back to the home screen or pause gesture detection.
Additionally, a new Android app called Project Activate lets people use those same facial gestures from Camera Switches to activate customized actions using a single gesture, like saying a preset phrase, sending a text and making a phone call.