I'm sometimes worried about the kids who spend so much time playing video games when its so nice outside. So I got really excited about
, which uses facial recognition technology to identify tree leaf species! What other personal or portable technologies are out there that engage people, especially young adults with nature/the environment rather than distance them from it?
I'm interested in all age classes, but young adults just seem to be so good with technology... and I don't know much about what they're doing with it... or even if they would interact with nature if they could.
Appswise, I'm fascinated by the whole gamut- for example, using a map
or trails app to see what view might be around the next bend, or to fact-find along the way (are there any parks systems using square bar codes outdooors?) I thought I recalled Kew Gardens having some nature photo-submission app, but maybe that was my imagination.
And I'm thinking about personal technology broader than just apps- like cool technology help people sense their environment? Like a pollution sensing tshirt
Or apps that help people keep track of their environmental footprint? or make better choices, like more sustainable seafood
? A wild foods app? Do those exist?
The metafilter thread mentioned a study about Shazam-like sound recognition for birdcalls, it makes me so happy to think about! What are some other examples and where else should I look other than just the app store? Any naturebased techie blogs out there? (I know there are many data & science centric- I'm interested in ones that are personal technology oriented...) Thanks!