Warblr: The New “Shazam App” That Recognizes Bird Sounds

Have you ever woken up early in the morning by birds and wondered what in the world is chirping this early? No worries — we have just the right app for you. There’s a new app called Warblr, that is in development, and its sole purpose is to act as a “Shazam app”– kind of app that recognizes sounds based off of sound waves (similar to how Shazam and Soundcloud work). The app is currently on development and has a Kickstarter project with a goal of £50,000. As of today (October 30th), they are currently at £4,388 with 154 backers and 32 days left to go.

How it works:

The user will need to record a bird sound through the app and the app will run it against the sounds in their database based off of sound waves to find the matching sound.

This app would be great for bird watchers and bird enthusiasts who want to be closer to nature in the age of technology.

[pull_quote_center]Our goal is to bring people closer to the natural world through technology. We want to get people outdoors, appreciating the wildlife on their doorstep, because we believe that this will make them want to protect it for generations to come. [/pull_quote_center]

You can see a prototype of the app below:


Apparently, they want it to be able to recognize 88 species of birds. There are currently 400 to 500 different species of birds. The difficulties? It’s not easy to recognize sounds, even if it is down to technology.

According to BBC, they set up a test with a recording of a Canada goose, but there was an interference with a child screaming in the background. The app failed to identify the Canada goose and instead identified it as a crow.

Once they are done with the funding for Kickstarter, they are planning on releasing the app in the Spring of 2015. It will be sold for £1.99 ($3.20).

Will this be the next big thing? Or will it be too small of a market?

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