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Shrooming

Posted by Matt Cipriano | No Comments

Have you ever found yourself lost in the woods, scrounging for food and forced to make a life or death decision on weather you think that mushroom there is poisonous or not?

No?

Well then maybe you won’t find this too useful- But for other adventurers out there, Austrian scientists have developed a software program for cell phones that can identify over 600 different types of mushrooms just by their pictures and tell you if they are poisonous or not.

All you need to do is snap a shot of the mushroom with your camera phone and load it into the program and after the comparison is made it will inform you if the mushroom is going to make you keel over and die, or provide the sustenance you need to make it through just one more day lost in the woods. Seems like a neat and interesting program, but really, how useful will this actually be? Maybe a little fun to determine what types of mushrooms you are actually buying at the supermarket or if those ’shrooms you just dropped a bundle on are the real deal, but, how many people searching for mushrooms in the woods, people who will need to know the difference between one mushroom and another are going to be carrying a charged cell phone on them?

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