Did you ever wonder what kind of tree you just passed in the street? Well, wonder no more, with Leafsnap, the new app for iPhones and iPads that can identify tree species within seconds!
Developed in part by botanists from the Smithsonian Institution who compiled the resource library utilized in this free mobile app, visual recognition software allows not only the identification of the specific tree species within a matter of seconds, but also shares that geographic location with a community of scientists who are developing a growing database of flora across the United States. Leafsnap is the ultimate field guide and its work begins after the user takes a simple picture of a leaf with his or her smartphone device.
What follows is a highly sophisticated library search of leaf photographs that achieves almost instantaneous results and even more information than originally requested. In addition to delivering high-resolution photos of the species in question, Leafsnap also provides data on the bark, fruits, flowers and seeds associated with the specific tree type.
The goal is to expand the data base since at this time it only entails all the trees in New York City’s Central Park and Washington’s Rock Creek Park. Currently available only for iPhones and iPads, Leafsnap will soon include Androids.
Leafsnap is the first of its kind and represents a delightful amalgam of technology and science.
With each passing day, technology and the world of scientific research opens new doors for inquiring minds.
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