In the recent “Tools of the Trade” section of the latest Birding magazine, Diana Doyle explores how to leverage technology to help the identification problem when birding. She has some pretty good things to say about iBird Ultimate and Waite’s Guide, including…
It has the most sophisticated algorithm, incorporates live location, shows search results in real-time (with a slideshow option), and has the most fine-grained advanced key choices.”
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This article previously appeared in the May/June 2014 publication of Birding magazine, a publication of the American Birding Association http://aba.org/
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People love birds; in fact there are 98 million bird enthusiasts. But identification with book-based field guides is difficult. If I had Glass I would take bird identification to a whole new level. Watch how Glass magically identifies birds.
A bird watching app… How did they afford a booth? I understand that bird-watching is a serious endeavor but this booth was seriously tricked out with some nice HD displays and lights.
There was software that could take a picture of a cat and make it look like it is talking (Reallusion Animation Suite), accounting applications (Kashoo) and a field guide to North America birds (iBird).
iBird is a mobile field guide that fits entirely on your iOS device, which helps you identify birds when you’re out in the wild and far away from an Internet connection.
Do you love outdoor activities and nature? iBird will help you identify different birds in the field, it’s an iOS app that fits entirely on your device. So whether you’re out there offline or online, iBird serves as your mobile field guide.
Aren’t they interesting?
SAN FRANCISCO — Heavy on the celebrity quotient and jam-packed with enough Apple (AAPL) technology to please the most discriminating fanboy and fangirl, the 29th Macworld opened Thursday for its annual three-day run at the Moscone Center.
One of those apps, a $20 beauty called iBird, was mesmerizing onlookers Thursday afternoon, as the sound of iPhone-borne bird calls filled the corner of the bustling exhibition hall. iBird’s Crystal Adams calls the app “the most powerful search engine for birds out there. And it’s sure easier to carry your guide in a smartphone than lugging around a bunch of books in woods.”
She quickly described the process of using the app to figure out what kind of bird just flew over your head. “You start with the geographic region you’re in, then select its shape, color, size and other attributes from 36 search attributes until you zero in on your bird.”