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What’s that tree? Try Smithsonian’s new app to see

AP – “If you’ve ever wondered what type of tree was nearby but didn’t have a guide book, a new smartphone app allows users with no formal training to satisfy their curiosity and contribute to science at the same time. The Leafsnap app on display on an iPhone along with tree leaf specimens.
Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.”

2 Responses to “What’s that tree? Try Smithsonian’s new app to see”

  1. kathy murphy
    June 13, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    What a wonderful idea! I often am with friends and I casually refer to a tree by its name, and the friend says how do you know it’s a X? If I had an iPhone or iPad, it would be a wonderful tool to explain the field marks I’m looking at. It would also help ME, when I’m out, to decide which sort of maple I’m looking at, etc.

  2. Steven
    June 13, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I thought it was cool too. My father in law refers to every tree as a dogwood, so this will be helpful for him as well. 🙂

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