The Twigle logo. Picture courtesy of www.avelgood.com
For those with an interest in birds, a local tech company called Avelgood has come up with the best companion for you. The Bulawayo based company is set to launch a new application that can identify birds by their singing. The application, called Twigle, works in the same way as Shazam, the music identification app.
Through Twigle, users record a few seconds of the birds’ singing and the app returns a list naming the bird and the closest matches. This process requires an internet connection and is helpful when you can only hear the bird singing but cannot see it.
Twigle also allows for visual identification of birds. Physical features such as feather colours, size and habitat can be used to find a list of birds that match these specific characteristics. Information on these features is available on a database which is part of the application and the device. This allows for identification of birds when offline.
Other features that come with application include name search by English and Scientific name or family and sharing of identified birds on popular social media. A user can also keep a bird journal on the application which offers a record of sightings such as date, time and location under a specific bird’s page.
The application will be launched on the Windows Phone Store later this month and has been targeted at a global audience. The time of launch happens to coincide with the start of spring in the Northern hemisphere, a time when bird watching draws a strong following because of warmer weather conditions.