Crowdsourcing a plant identification app!
In 1999, Shazam Entertainment Limited was established to promote a newly-developed software application that allowed users to identify songs (as well as TV shows, movies, and advertisements) by just a short snippet of sound. Now, scientists from four French research organizations have developed PlantNet, which essentially allows users to identify plants simply from photographs taken with your smartphone. Currently, more than 4,000 species can be identified using the app, but as users upload more and more photographs, the developers of PlantNet except it to expand its capabilities significantly.
By Alanna Ketler
March 6, 2016