With autumn comes the changing of the leaves and fall foliage tours. Make your leaf viewing trip an even more vivid experience with the help of several apps.
Yankee Magazine’s Leaf Peepr app features a “peak slider” that lets you rate foliage from green, turning, moderate, peak, fading to gone. Leaf Peepr helps you find and report on the best and brightest colors all over the United States, including the Mid-Atlantic region, which is expected to have the most vibrant viewing this year, according to the 2013 Fall Foliage Forecast from AccuWeather.
If you want to learn more about what you’re seeing, researchers at Columbia University, University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institute have developed the Leafsnap app, which uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species. Snap a photo of the leaves with your smartphone to get Web links with more photos and detailed facts on that species.
Foliage tours often mean many miles on the road, but traveling can be much more efficient with a navigation app like VZ Navigator. The app provides real-time spoken directions with true-to-life images of highway and exit signs, traffic alerts, safety features, and more so you’re spending less time on the road and more time enjoying nature’s beauty. It also helps you locate gas stations and the lowest fuel prices in your area.
Most smartphones feature high-quality cameras to capture your foliage experience, but if you’re looking for more features, check out the 16 megapixel Samsung Galaxy Camera. The camera runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, so it’s always connected for easy sharing and comes preloaded with Instagram, a popular photo sharing app.
So as the leaves change color this autumn, learn about other wireless tech to capture their beauty.