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PlantSnap relies on the internet to work properly, so be sure you have a good phone connection or wifi connection when you use it. Please watch the instructional video inside the app. PlantSnap currently requires that you photograph the flowers and fruits of plants and the leaves and fruits of trees. Snapping leaves of plants that aren’t currently flowering won’t always work…that problem will be solved in Phase 2.
PlantSnap can currently recognize 46,000 species of plants and trees, which covers most of the species you will encounter in North America and Europe. If you live outside of those areas, PlantSnap will still recognize many plants or trees that you encounter, and ALL of them very soon.
We currently have 316,000 species in our database, and we will be training the algorithm to recognize at least 50,000 new species per month, fully covering almost every known species on Earth by the end of 2017. PlantSnap will update automatically for you every time we add a new batch of species, no additional fees required. We will notify you with each species update.
Furthermore, every image you take helps us train the algorithm. PlantSnap is powered by deep learning and artificial intelligence, meaning that it actually learns and improves with every image we feed it. Every image you take makes PlantSnap better, so get out there and start snapping!
We are currently testing internally at 98% accuracy in the top 5 results. There are 4 reasons that PlantSnap would misidentify a plant:
1) Bad photo. Try again from a different angle or distance
2) The species hasn't been trained into the algorithm yet
3) The flowers or leaves in the photo are damaged or wilted and look different than they normally would
4) This was one of those 2% times where it simply failed
If you find a plant we can't identify, please be sure to notify us, and we will add it to the database immediately and include it with the next update. Chances are, it’s already in our database, waiting its turn for training in the algorithm.
In late July, we will be launching a web-based version of PlantSnap! You can login, view your account, and analyze plant images from any internet connected device!
PlantSnap is an extremely difficult and expensive undertaking, but it has been incredibly rewarding. We truly appreciate your support, and we thank you again for helping us bring people around the world back to nature, raising awareness of the beauty and wonder that surrounds us every day on this amazing planet we call Earth!
Eric Ralls, CEO