Draw bounding box on photo for computer vision

Computer vision is making tremendous progress in the recent times. As far as I can see the ID model used by iNaturalist is used to identify a single object in the images. However, more frequently I guess photos uploaded to iNaturalist show evidence of multiple organisms.
A bounding-box feature would entail the ability to draw a box around an organism in an observation photo and treat it as one identifiable entity.
This would provide valuable label data for upcoming versions of the computer vision model used which can thus potentially include object detection.
It will also reduce the level of duplicates in the database, crucially the level of identical photos with different labels attached.

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@jtklein this is something we’re investigating. Up to you if you want this request to remain open.


Yes, and it would be great if that bounding box was somehow on a separate layer, so that while it might be visible to human eyes, it would not interfere with the AI/Vision the way drawing a circle in a basic photo editor and saving that as part of the photo would.

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I am okay with closing this, but don’t know how.