In our Apps of the Year series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for our favorite apps of 2015.
Birds see the world from on high. It’s a pretty magical angle, and yet we barely notice they exist, let alone know how to tell most of them apart.
Warblr launched on iOS in August this year as a citizen science project created by Dr. Dan Stowell at Queen Mary University of London and his cofounder Florence Wilkinson.
I know, it’s not Kim Kardashian’s butt emoji or the latest email killer app, it has one ultimate job and that’s conservation of our feathered friends.
In the short-term, Warblr offers a really nice UX with just one button, tapping it enables you to record the sound of a bird nearby in order to identify them from a list of possible candidates.
Every time someone records a bird sound, the company makes a note of its geospatial data, where and when the bird was identified, in order to understand the health of our nation’s bird species.
The app uses a specialist algorithm created by the team to decode birdsong and can already identify 240 species.
Warblr costs £3.99 – a bargain for a fun learning activity that’s particularly nice if you’re taking a family walk this Christmas – and you’ll know you’re contributing to a heartwarming open data project.
For me, it’s super easy to use, it looks pretty cool and you’ll hardly even notice you’re saving the world.