[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCpR4JTEy4c&feature=player_detailpage]YouTube - Introducing Leafsnap[/ame]
Leafsnap is a tree field guide for iPhone and iPad from Columbia Engineering, University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institute, who have come together to create the worldâ€™s first plant indentification mobile app, that uses visual search. Leafsnap enables users to identify a treeâ€™s species simply by taking a photograph of the treeâ€™s leaves. The app will also provide high-res photographs and information about the treeâ€™s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark, as well as the species name.
The app has had some not entirely favourable reviews in the app store, but I would imagine itâ€™s only a couple of updates away from living up to its potential, and it is free after all. A nice idea, and perfect timing for those spring and summer woodland walks.
Click here to download the free app: Leafsnap for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store