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Join us in creating the PlantSnap mobile app! Snap a photo of a plant, flower, or tree, and PlantSnap tells you what it is!
Join us in creating the PlantSnap mobile app! Snap a photo of a plant, flower, or tree, and PlantSnap tells you what it is!
Join us in creating the PlantSnap mobile app! Snap a photo of a plant, flower, or tree, and PlantSnap tells you what it is!
1,947 backers pledged $28,733 to help bring this project to life.

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PlantSnap: Identify Plants with an App

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Have you ever been out and about and wondered what species that beautiful plant, flower or tree is? PlantSnap is a mobile application for iOS, Android, and Windows built to help you identify plants with one snap. Simply take a picture of the plant, and PlantSnap will tell you what it is in seconds.

Powered by deep learning and artificial intelligence, PlantSnap is changing the game for plant identification. Our database is international, our results are instantaneous, and our responses will always be free.

We spent three months testing the concept and have already begun development, but we need a little help creating our sophisticated artificial intelligence-powered database. With community and gamification elements, it’s the app you won’t be able to put down in 2017.

Not only does the app help you better understand the plants that surround you – our data banks can help scientists understand plants globally. PlantSnap can be used as an educational tool in schools and colleges, and commercially in gardening and landscaping businesses. Wouldn't your job be easier if your clients already knew the names of the plants they wanted? We can also help you safely identify the plants you see, before you touch them – so you can always avoid those poison ivy rashes or nettle stings.  

When you sign up for PlantSnap, you join a worldwide community of nature lovers. Now you’ll never forget to #smelltheflowers again.

Our application successfully classifies images of leaves and flowers. We have built a wealth of supporting data to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the plants you snap. And here's the big kicker: unlike other identifying apps, PlantSnap actually works – it’s powered by artificial intelligence & deep learning algorithms.

We've created this app with a wide range of users and uses in mind:  

  • Our database can help botanists all over the planet understand ecosystems and identify new habitats. 
  • Gardeners and landscapers will be able to use the technology to communicate with their clients. 
  • Teachers and professors will have a simple tool at their fingertips to explain nature and plant life. 
  • Our identification algorithm means you never need to touch potentially harmful plants again. 
  • We give everyone an excuse to get back to nature and take a second out of their day to #smelltheflowers. 
  • We have an integrated community, gamification, and added special share elements into our application to unite the plant lovers of the world.

Our algorithm is, simply put, working like a dream. Our programmers have relayed the following:  

“We tested the classifier on a limited selection of leaves and flowers. A set of images for each species was divided into training and testing samples. Training sample is used to generate a recognition algorithm for each species and testing sample was passed to the classifier input. Our algorithm is able to detect most species with 100% accuracy. So basically we are feeding new, unknown images to the classifier and it's still able to recognize the species by image."

PlantSnap is currently in beta.  

We need your help to build our full-featured mobile application.

The funds raised from this campaign will go directly into development. These areas of our application require further work: 

  • Product development: our app is bare-bones at the moment. We need to work on the product design / user experience to assure that usability is flawless when it gets into the hands of our users. We need to employ product and UX designers to take the experience to the next level. 
  • User Interface: our User Interface needs to be refined, which involves employing a UI consultant. 
  • Matching Algorithm: we need to improve our database so PlantSnap’s matching algorithm becomes more intuitive. This involves consulting with botanists, working with existing databases and field study, as well as working with our developers on the technology. The more data we have, the more intelligent PlantSnap becomes. 
  • AI / Deep Learning integration: This sophisticated technology does not come cheap; funds earned from our campaign will be going towards paying our development team to work around the clock to make the PlantSnap app more intuitive and relevant for your needs. 

Our long-term plans are for the app to be used in schools, colleges, business and households the world over by our community of nature lovers. If we raise more than our target amount, we will also employ an audience development team to raise awareness of the app.

  • Our concept is proven and we have tested PlantSnap. 
  • We know the technology works and that there is a large audience out there who are just waiting to use it. 
  • Our challenge comes from adapting our image recognition platform to recognize different shapes and sizes of the same plants, flowers and trees. We know this is possible, and we are close to cracking it. 
  • We are committed to developing a plant identification app that really works. 
  • We are very near to completion – if our Kickstarter is successful, PlantSnap could be ready and on the market in less than 6 weeks.

 

Your contributions small or large will help us launch PlantSnap and encourage the world to take a second out of their day to #smelltheflowers. For every donation, however small, we will mention your generosity on our social media feeds.  

See our pledge graphic so you can learn what’s on offer – remember, all of these rewards are exclusive for our Kickstarter friends. You won’t find them anywhere else, and be warned that they come in short supply.

 

Several of you have asked how you can get your hands on a second premium download of the app (or a third or fourth to give as gifts). We’ve decided to make that possible! We’re introducing this as an add-on option – available to those who have pledged at the $20 reward level (or more). If you add $10 more to your pledge, you can get another premium download of PlantSnap! Here's how it works:

1. Click the blue 'manage' button above. The button is located below where it says "You're a backer" and to the right of your pledge amount. If you have not pledged yet, it will say 'back this project'.

2. Click 'change your pledge'. Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s). 

3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at, unless you also want to change it while you are on this screen. You will then need to add the total of your add-ons onto the amount of the new tier you chose.

 

Eric Ralls is a serial entrepreneur. A psychology and international business graduate, he has honed his skills in the tech world since 1998, merging the latest innovations with his love for the planet.    

The idea for PlantSnap came to Eric several years ago in a friend's backyard. When he saw a plant which neither he nor his friends could identify, a seed was planted in his mind. He was sure that many other people had encountered the same problem and concluded that “there should be an app for that.” Fast forward four years, and technology has caught up with Eric’s idea. We are asking for a little help from you to make that seed of an idea a big, beautiful flowering tree of an app.

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Risks and challenges

During research we found certain limitations:

• Many plant species have similar leaves, which makes it difficult to classify them. We have the technological solution – but it’s going to take a little bit more money.

• Training and classifying images can be a CPU-heavy operation. We will need to set up multiple, scalable servers.

• Classification quality can be improved in many ways. Our plan is to reserve some funds for further research in this area.

Your continued support will help us grow our app so that everyone, everywhere can sit back and appreciate their surroundings and #smelltheflowers a little more.

The funds raised from this campaign will go into developing the application including: product development, UX/UI, matching algorithms, artificial intelligence, deep learning integration, and database architecture and creation.

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    You're parsley responsible!

    Thanks for contributing. Once we're funded, there's a free app in it for ya', so get those PlantSnapping fingers ready! We’ll show our gratitude by giving all our pledgers a shout out on social, we really appreciate your support.

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    Don't leaf home without it.

    With our PlantSnap designed tote bag, you will be the coolest nature-nerd at the farmers market. You'll also get a free download of PlantSnap when it releases, as well as a social shout-out!

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    Pine-ing for a rainy day...

    Wet weather keeping you indoors? Get your nature fix with our adult coloring book and rain gauge. You'll also recieve a free PlantSnap download and a shout-out on social!

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    • Rain Gauge
    • Free PlantSnap Download
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    What a Dill!

    For our backers worldwide who can't wait to get their hands on the Premium version of PlantSnap the second it launches, but don't need the bells & whistles of the other rewards levels, this one's for you! Social media shoutout included.

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    Like a moss! (EARLY BIRD)

    Make all your friends green with envy with this package. Walk those woods like you own them with the Premium version of PlantSnap in your pocket. Watch your contribution grow with exclusive PlantSnap seed packets. And keep the sun out of your eyes with our embroidered baseball cap so you can keep snapping! And don't forget that social media shout-out!

    Early birds also get an exclusive (and limited) PlantSnap water bottle to stay hydrated while hiking!

    Includes:
    • Premium PlantSnap Download
    • Seed Packets
    • Embroidered Baseball Cap
    • Early Bird Exclusive Water Bottle
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    Like a moss!

    Make all your friends green with envy with this package. Walk those woods like you own them with the Premium version of PlantSnap in your pocket. Watch your contribution grow with exclusive PlantSnap seed packets. And keep the sun out of your eyes with our embroidered baseball cap so you can keep snapping! And don't forget that social media shout-out!

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    I'm lichen that shirt! (EARLY BIRD)

    With this perk, you'll get a great looking t-shirt in the size of your choosing, along with the Premium version of the app, some seed packets for planting and social media recognition. You'll be the envy of all your plant loving friends.

    Early birds also get an exclusive (and limited) PlantSnap water bottle to stay hydrated while hiking!

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • Premium PlantSnap Download
    • Seed Packets
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    I'm lichen that shirt!

    With this perk, you'll get a great looking t-shirt in the size of your choosing, along with the Premium version of the app, some seed packets for planting and social media recognition. You'll be the envy of all your plant loving friends.

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    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • Premium PlantSnap Download
    • Seed Packets
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    You're a sage.

    Be a PlantSnap Beta Tester! You will have early access to the Beta Version of the app and we'll use your feedback to take it to the next level. You'll also recieve the premium app, as well as our limited edition T-shirt! Plus a social shout-out.

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    • Be a PlantSnap Beta Tester - Early Access
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
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    THANKSGIVING - Like a Moss!

    Get 2x the rewards for less!

    You and a buddy can make all your friends green with envy with this package. Walk those woods like you own them with the Premium version of PlantSnap in your pocket. Watch your contribution grow with exclusive PlantSnap seed packets. And keep the sun out of your eyes with our embroidered baseball caps so you can keep snapping! And don't forget that social media shout-out!

    Keep one set of rewards & give one away, or use both as gifts!

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    It's hoodie thyme!

    Love those hikes in cooler weather? Can't wait to identify some evergreens? A PlantSnap hoodie will keep you warm. You'll also get the Premium app for free and the privilege of being a Beta Tester as well as a social shout-out!

    Includes:
    • Cozy PlantSnap Hoodie
    • Be a PlantSnap Beta Tester - Early Access
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    THANKSGIVING - Lichen that shirt!

    Get 2x the rewards for less!

    With this perk, you'll get TWO great looking t-shirts in the sizes of your choosing, along with the Premium version of the app for you and a loved one, some seed packets for planting and social media recognition. The pair of you will be the envy of all your plant loving friends.

    Keep one set of rewards & give one away, or use both as gifts!

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    • Premium PlantSnap Download
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    THANKSGIVING - You're a sage!

    Get 2x the rewards for less!

    You and a loved one can Beta Test PlantSnap together! You will have early access to TWO Beta Versions of the app and we'll use your feedback to take it to the next level. You'll also recieve the premium apps, as well as our limited edition T-shirt (x2)! Plus a social shout-out.

    Keep one set of rewards & give one away, or use both as gifts!

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    • Be a PlantSnap Beta Tester - Early Access
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
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    THANKSGIVING - It's Hoodie Thyme!

    Get 2x the rewards for less!

    Love those hikes in cooler weather with your BFF or family member? Can't wait to identify some evergreens together? TWO PlantSnap hoodies will keep you both warm. You'll also get two Premium apps for free and the privilege of being Beta Testers as well as a social shout-out!

    Keep one set of rewards & give one away, or use both as gifts!

    Includes:
    • Cozy PlantSnap Hoodie
    • Be a PlantSnap Beta Tester - Early Access
    • Premium PlantSnap Download
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    Bloom where you're planted!

    Your donations will not only power our app, but we'll also plant a tree in your name - furthering reforestation efforts! You'll also get a Premium version of the app, a baseball cap, a t-shirt, become a Beta Tester, and snag a social media shout-out.

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    • Tree Planted and Commemorative Certificate
    • Be a PlantSnap Beta Tester - Early Access
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • Embroidered Baseball Cap
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    These roots were made for talkin'.

    Want to pick the brain of the guy behind Earth.com GreenAtom, and PlantSnap? With this reward you'll get a 30 minute Skype chat with the head honcho himself. You'll also have Beta Testing Privileges, recieve all wearable perks, get a Premium download, your name in our App credits as well as a social shout-out.

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    • 30 Minute Skype Chat with Eric Ralls (CEO/Creator)
    • Your Name in our App Credits
    • Cozy PlantSnap Hoodie
    • Be a PlantSnap Beta Tester - Early Access
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • Embroidered Baseball Cap
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    Lettuce go for a hike!

    How would you like a trip to Telluride, Colorado to test PlantSnap on a beautiful mountain hike? CEO Eric Ralls will be your guide! Airfare (from continental U.S.) and accommodations included. You'll also recieve your name in the app credits, a tree planted in your name, all of our wearable perks, and beta testing privileges. And of course the premium app and the biggest social shout-out ever.

    Includes:
    • Trip to Telluride (Airfare & Accommodations from U.S.)
    • Your Name in our App Credits
    • Tree Planted and Commemorative Certificate
    • Cozy PlantSnap Hoodie
    • Be a PlantSnap Beta Tester - Early Access
    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
    • Embroidered Baseball Cap
    • Premium PlantSnap Download
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