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Rediscover nature with BloomCatch. The app that helps you accurately identify plants.
Rediscover nature with BloomCatch. The app that helps you accurately identify plants.
Rediscover nature with BloomCatch. The app that helps you accurately identify plants.
62 backers pledged $5,412 to help bring this project to life.

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-Robert Brault
-Robert Brault

 

About this project

Imagine hiking through the beautiful Shenandoah and you wonder what variety of cherry blossom trees produces such vibrant blooms. Or you’re in your backyard garden and you really, really need to identify the specific species of aphids attacking your award-winning roses. Now you can, with BloomCatch. 

What started off as a classroom experiment, we’ve built into a tangible concept. Coupling powerful technology with human expertise, BloomCatch will help you show off that green thumb.

We’re a local D.C. company working with the local community here from the grassroots to help us build an amazing app that all can enjoy. We’ve conducted many hours of research. Talked to a lot of plant experts. Read a lot of books and articles on plants and technology. Partnered with some amazing people to help us turn this idea into a startup.

BloomCatch was inspired by children's curiosity and a parent's desire to feed that curiosity. After researching a few other plant apps, BloomCatch was born to meet that need. The three co-founders took the original idea and played with it. A lot. To determine if a) it was actually doable and b) if anyone even cared if it was doable. We set out by talking to a ton of people. We worked mostly out of our public library, where we had access to meeting rooms, bulletin boards, and books about plants.

We took our earliest feedback and initial assumptions and we drew sketches. Then, we asked even more people, “Hey, what do you think?” They didn’t like it. So, we asked a few more questions. We talked to farmers, gardeners, landscapers, and pretty much anyone who would listen. We developed better sketches. We crafted diagrams. We mapped out an algorithm. We used software to better conceptualize the idea. Finally, we hired a developer to help turn all of our hard work into a concrete reality.

The prototype is based on a very simple and basic design. It’s intended to easily guide the user to discover their plant.

BloomCatch features:

  • Simple, easy log-in process for all users

  • High-degree of accuracy when identifying plants

  • Connection to plant experts for all your planting needs

  • Provide useful care information for your plant

That’s it. We’ve left out any bells and whistles because we want the product to do these basic and simple tasks really, really well.

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding platform. With your support we can reach our minimum goal of $5,000 to fund product development. If we don’t reach our minimum goal then we don’t collect anything. 

Team BloomCatch
Team BloomCatch

We are three co-founders who care an awful lot about plants. We are very close to releasing this dream to the public and we need your help to get us there. Your support will directly fund product development. We will be able to connect the front end of the product to the complicated back end and bring BloomCatch to life.

At the heart of BloomCatch is our innovative approach to linking our next-level back end to our intuitive interface. This approach will ensure that BloomCatch consistently provides best-in-class accuracy and ease of use. Combining the latest image-recognition technology with some of the best local plant experts around, BloomCatch will be able to consistently deliver accurate results to users.

Initially BloomCatch will only be able to identify a few plants. We will be teaching it a lot to ensure a high degree of accuracy. But over time, BloomCatch will be able to expand its plant vocabulary as users upload images and give it feedback.

BloomCatch will connect the local plant community while helping people to rediscover nature.

Risks and challenges

Software development has its own unique challenges. Although ideally we are working towards a definitive timetable, complications may arise. The biggest challenge is the image recognition component. There are a number of things that need to work well in order to obtain accurate hits. Although we do anticipate BloomCatch will be able to deliver results with a high degree of accuracy, there is no guarantee the results will be 100% accurate. In fact, we will never guarantee that. We can only guarantee that BloomCatch will deliver the best results that it can come up with. And if it can’t, it will go find someone who can.

Besides the technology component, there’s the other component of ensuring someone is physically available to answer questions about plants. This requires coordination and resources expended to ensure users have a satisfying experience within the app itself. We’ve partnered with some great, smart people who really understand plants. However, coordinating these resources seamlessly for the end user is still presenting a challenge that we need to overcome.

We do not anticipate extended delays because we work very closely with our developer to ensure product development stays on a realistic timeline. However, if we encounter unforeseen challenges we will communicate to our backer community.

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    Seedling

    Personal thank you from the BloomCatch team.

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    Budding Out!

    Shout-out from the BloomCatch social media pages.

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    Branching Out!

    Make your fridge as beautiful as a rose garden with your own personalized BloomCatch fridge magnet.

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    Now you're Blooming! (Early bird)

    The early bird catches the app! Now you can be the first one on your block showing off your green thumb with the early version of BloomCatch. Plus we’ll give you plenty of shout-outs on our social media pages.

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    Growing deep roots!

    And please hold the root-a-baga. Be the early beta tester for the app, BEFORE the public version is released. Plus ride around in style with your own customized BloomCatch bumper sticker. Let others know on the roadway how much you support BloomCatch. Plus you still get the early public version of the app and lots of shout-outs on our social media pages.

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    Solid as an Oak!

    You’re standing tall as a BloomCatch backer. We want to immortalize your support by listing you on our BloomCatch website. PLUS you get the beta test and early public version of the app. And because we know you’re going to be working hard outdoors, then cool off with your very own BloomCatch water bottle. Let’s not forget the social media shout-outs.

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    All-Star!

    You are a BloomCatch ALL-STAR! You rock so we’re going to help you rock harder. Fight climate change with your own tree that can be planted for you or shipped right to your front door. PLUS you can SPONSOR a plant within the live version of the app. Of course receive the beta test and early public version of the app. ALSO, a personal phone call from a co-founder. Listed on the BloomCatch website as a superbacker. And plenty of shout-outs on our social media pages!

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