Robert: Australia develops Shazam for spiders

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Arachnophobia is one of the more popular fears. While many stay away from spiders for their own peace of mind, in Australia keeping your distance from an eight legged creepy crawly could be a matter of life and death.

Thankfully for Australians everywhere,¬†Australia’s National Science Agency has developed an app, called “Critterpedia”, for your smart phone that will correctly identify any species of spider to let you know which ones are dangerous. Think Shazam, but for arachnids.

“The visual differences between the two species can be quite subtle. We need a great deal of training data to adequately identify critters,” said Matt Adcock, project lead.

“By utilizing disruptive, top-end technology, Critterpedia can guide people to gain a deeper understanding of our misunderstood wildlife by providing the tools and experiences they need for a great education, the key to positive change,” says Nic Scarce, the CEO and co-founder of the app.

The app doesn’t stop at spiders either. It also has the ability to identify snakes.

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