All Australians Need This!

Critterpedia allows users to identify Australian spider and snake species with the snap of a photo. (Courtesy of CSIRO/Data61)

Health Editor’s Note:  I would want one of these if I ever get to Australia.  I do not stay on the beaten paths and often take the road less traveled….Carol

This Australian App is like ‘Shazam’ for Spiders and Snakes 

by Claire Bugos/

Imagine you’re on a trip to Australia, hoping to explore everything urban and outback. On a hike, you notice a massive spider crawling up your leg. Or you avoid stepping on a snake curled up in your winter boot. You quickly snap a photo on your smart phone and immediately learn that spider is a nearly harmless huntsman. Better stay away from the snake, though—it appears to be an eastern brown snake, one of the most deadly on the continent.

This scene is the vision for Critterpedia, a new AI-driven app that allows smartphone users to identify snakes and spiders, learn which species live in their area and how to take precautions to minimize risk. Like the music-identification app, Shazam, users will be able to learn about unfamiliar species immediately.   Read More:


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