Posted by: stiltsville | May 5, 2011

Computer Science and Biology Come Together to Make Tree Identification a Snap

The University of Maryland, Columbia University and the Smithsonian Institution have pooled their expertise to create the world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search – Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species. Currently available for iPhone only, Android version is on the drawing board next.

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