Update (07/11):The Leafsnap app actually hasn’t come out for AndroidTM yet! We regret the error. You can read more in their FAQs.
If you read the blog regularly, you know I love trees. Well, the Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University, and the University of Maryland recently announced a new mobile app to be released this summer that will identify a plant based on a leaf’s silhouette. It’s called Leafsnap, and it will work with your iPhone, iPad,
or AndroidTM devices.
To use it, you just place a tree leaf on a white piece of paper, and take a photo—the app will tell you the type of tree nearby! Even though Leafsnap’s catalog largely consists of trees native to the northeast U.S., developers already have plans to expand it to include trees from around the country. Also, it will use photos that users upload, and share them and their location with others—including the scientific community, who can use the information to study the growth and decline of different species!
Watch the video to find out more:
For those of you heading into summer with plans to camp, hike, or explore nearby parks, you may want to check out this new app. If you do try it, share your reviews of it with us!