Lots of organisms that are uploaded to iNaturalist are shunted into broad catagories such as unknown, plants, insects, etc. By implementing real-time computer vision, such as the one used in Seek, observations will be more organized from the moment they are posted.
For those unaware how Seek works, you open the app’s camera and point it at an organism. At the top of the screen, even before you snap a photo, an identification is given. Usually this identification starts out broad, however changing angles can allow the app to narrow down specifics. Then, when a picture is taken, Seek’s ID is paired with the organism.
I am not recommending that this be used to identify individual species, however the software’s suggestion of a family or genus would help broader categories become less cluttered.
Ex. of how this would work with an Eastern Hemlock.
- Open iNaturalist camera and find target Eastern Hemlock.
- New software would identify genus as Tsuga in camera view.
- Picture is captured. Where normal recommendations are, Tsuga would appear as recommended.
- Observation would then be treated as a normal submission.