Use Your iPhone To Identify Trees!

Use Your iPhone To Identify Trees!

MaryAnne Petrella
May 13, 2011

Because it's Gardening & Outdoors month at Re-nest, here is a fun little app for all you iPhone users to test out while enjoying the glorious days Mother Nature has in store. Leaf Snap uses visual recognition software to determine tree species, so no more wondering, "Hey, what is that?"

Users take a photo of the leaf of a particular tree (best to place it on a solid white background) and the program scans the massive database for physical similarities to try and pin point the species. Findings are mapped and recorded to paint an evolving picture of the flora across the United States. For now, the data base contains beautiful hi-resolutions images of trees in New York and Washington, DC—so you may have a hard time matching up your leaf-snaps if you are outside that geographical range, but it is fun to play around with nonetheless. Think of it as a great picnic-party-trick!

This electronic field guide was created by the brilliant minds at Columbia University, University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution, and is available free of charge for your iPhone. Android and iPad versions are in the works.

Get It! www.leafsnap.com

(Image: 1.Leaf Snap; 2.App Scout)

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