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Interesting Use Of Technology "Leafsnap - An Electonic Field Guide"

We were interested to read recently about a new mobile phone app that uses visual recognition software to help identify some of the North American tree species from photographs taken of the leaves, what an exciting use of modern technology and it is apparently free!

 

"Leafsnap: An Electronic Field Guide

Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.

This website shows the tree species included in Leafsnap, the collections of its users, and the team of research volunteers working to produce it."

Yew (Taxus baccata)

Check out the Leafsnap website http://leafsnap.com/ where you can find further information.

 

 

 

 

 

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