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The outdoorsy types should love this new app. LeafSnap for iPhone identifies any leaf by picking it, placing it on white paper, and snap a photo of it. The app makes use of its library to determine what tree leaf the user is holding.

LeafSnap is a product of collaboration between University of Columbia, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institute. So far, it can only identify trees that are native to Northeastern United States, but they are working on expanding that database.

It also features a vast library of fruits and seeds associated with its tree data, as well as a fun game of labeling which leaf goes with which tree.

The LeafSnap comes free to download for the iPhone, with the Android and iPad versions coming soon.

Source: Hacker News



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