Birdwatching just got easier- well, easy if take photos of the birds you see. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Visipedia are collaborating to develop computer vision technology to identify birds in photos.
Here, I use a photo of a Robin (I knew what it was by easy identification) and tested it out. The site takes you through uploading an image, selecting the area where the bird is, and you then select the tip of the beak, the eye, and the tail end. Once done, it will search through the records and find the answer.
This was just through the site, but you can also download the app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. But fear not, the web based service also uses photos, so you don’t need a smart phone to use- just a photo.
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