In spring there is perfect weather for walking: not too hot and not too cold. We show you practical applications that make hiking even better.
There is much to discover during the hike: plants, mushrooms, animals and mountains. If you want to know what that is, you can start the investigation directly on your cell phone. But what are you looking for? It’s hard without clues. That is why we show you some smartphone applications that will help you.
Image Insect: identify insects
With the free Picture Insect Android app, you can use your smartphone to determine which insect it is by taking a photo.
To do this, simply take a photo of the desired insect. The app then uses artificial intelligence to recognize which bug you’re looking at. In addition to automatic recognition, there is also a lot of background knowledge and the recordings can be saved in a personal collection.
Fungus: Recognize fungi
To identify a fungus, simply take a photo through the app. Pilzator then searches the database for a suitable result. There’s also a list of all the common types of mushrooms, sorted by edible, avoidable, and poisonous.
You can not only check your own knowledge with the built-in quiz, but also improve it. Locations can also be saved to a map.
BirdNET: recognize birds by their song
For all amateur ornithologists or those who want to become one, we can recommend the BirdNET application. This allows you to record the song of the birds around you. After analyzing the audio file, you not only get a presentation of the bird species that can be heard, but also additional information about each one.
As you explore the birds in your area, you’ll be helping science at the same time. Because the data of each sighting is anonymised and, in addition to the evaluation, is also transmitted to the servers of the TU Chemnitz for research purposes.
PlantNet: identify flowers and trees
The PlantNet app has a very similar system ready for all plant lovers. All you have to do here is take a photo of a tree or a leaf, or retrieve an old photo from the gallery. This is then compared to the library, which contains over 30,000 entries, finally providing the plant name as the result. Best of all, you can use leaves, bark, and fruit as motifs for the process in addition to flowers.
You can also use the i symbol to access additional information. If this is not enough for you, you can easily start a Wikipedia search with the plant name from within the app.
PeakFinder AR: Summit Information
Are you more of a hiker who wants to go high? So the variety of vegetation, especially on quite rocky routes, could be quite scarce. But even for these cases there are chic applications that can benefit your trip.
Not only plants and animals can be identified with a smartphone, thanks to PeakFinder AR, this also works with mountain peaks. With the help of proximity search, all peaks in your area are recognized and listed. After installation, the application downloads a file with a large directory of summits so that it works without problems, even with poor reception. From the hill around the corner to Mount Everest, everything is represented here.