I’ve lost count of the number of times this year I’ve been blown away by some new form of technology. There’s been the iPhone, the iPad, the Love+ app for iPad & iPhone.

It happened again tonight: I’m watching a DVD with a friend. It’s set in England. There’s a scene filmed in the grounds of some huge house. My friend asks me, ‘What’s the name of the name of that house? I have no idea. But hang on, I can tell you.

Out comes the iPhone – I launch the Google app, and tap on the photo option for search (Google Goggles). I take a photo of the computer screen, the DVD having been paused on the image of the house.

Less than 2 seconds later Google has processed the image, and tells me that it’s Somerset House, London.

OMG. I really am living in the future.

N.b. Google Goggles doesn’t always get it right. I took a photo of myself and it came up with this match.