Marijuana bud's name slip your mind? There's an app for that -- called Strain Brain

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Smart phones can already do all sorts of clever things, like tell you where the nearest medical marijuana center is located. But can they help you tell a sample of Green Crack from G-13 Haze?

If Strain Brain makes good on its word, they will soon be able to -- courtesy of the company's strain-recognition technology.

Strain Brain's website is already up and running. All you have to do is upload an image of an indeterminate strain, and, according to the company's website, "top secret space-age strain recognition technology will quickly identify the exact strain of marijuana you're smoking," as well as locate nearby medical marijuana centers offering the particular meds. The tech involved is presumably similar to facial-recognition technology, although we prefer to imagine a sweatshop filled with stoners chained to computer monitors somewhere in Silicon Valley who have to identify A-Train and Purple Haze for hours on end, day and night.

It's the sort of tech that could prove useful in cutting through the confusion and false promises of the current MMJ market -- that is, if it works. Plus, Strain Brain hasn't yet rolled out the smart phone apps it promises will offer the same function.

That's coming later this year, according to the company. However, we're not expecting these weed whizzes to get by the Apple Store censors without a hell of a fight.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana software: Developers MJ Freeway and idWeeds roll out wired weed."

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HighCountryCaregiverGrowsCrap
HighCountryCaregiverGrowsCrap

 I wouldn't grab pictures from him unless you wan't to know what powdery mildew looks like.

John
John

 It's obvious that your a competitor in this industry to High County, real patients/people typically respond back in a more reasonable, professorial fashion.  I'm sure your criticism would be taken more seriously if you approach was little softer.

DjShortismyHero
DjShortismyHero

This is a gimmick. I have seen exact clones grown out by different people using different methods in different environmental conditions turn out looking completely different. Don't believe the hype

John
John

This is true, which is why we are building into the site multiple photos for each strain type. If you have knowledge of how to grow and would like to help us improve the site please feel free to contact us. I'd love whatever help you could offer in improving our site.

Stumbleweed
Stumbleweed

Hahaha, you grow a strain 2 different ways and the final product will look different -- grow it in 60-degree conditions under ultraviolet light and you'll get tons of purpling, which will likely screw this system up..  

This thing makes no sense.  Does it account for phenotypes?  Because, for example, the two different versions of Querkle look fairly similar but have very entirely different effects, given that one is Cinderella 99-dominant and the other is Urkle dominant.Yay for fake "science".

Stumbleweed
Stumbleweed

Not to mention that the pictures that 99% of people submit are not high-quality and are pretty grainy, making your "facial recognition" system suspect at best, simply on a technical level.  If you had a regimented photo format (same angles, range of acceptable sizes for nugs, etc.) and could train the "brain" from that, then you might be able to get close on some of them.  There is literally no way this thing works the way it's described.  All it takes is a few people submitting random strains and mislabeling them (which WILL happen, since probably 30% of cuts floating around at dispensaries are mislabeled versions of something else and nobody knows the difference) to screw things up, if there was even a chance of it being properly "trained" in the first place.

There are simply far too many strains for a non-human expert to filter through, much less with just a picture, which means very little to the overall experience.  Few experts can take one look at a strain and guess correctly what it is -- normally, that all comes from a combination of senses as well as actually consuming the strain in order to confirm the sensory cues.

John
John

Again, I appreciate your honest concerns and rest assure we have already taken the necessary steps to verify each strain that is submitted. We obviously don't just take the word of someone uploading a photo, there is a protocol and prices to follow. In regards to your comment about the quality of the photos, your 100% correct, the clearer the image the more accurate of a result we obtain.

As far as the technology behind it, please read my comments above. The technology is legit and is currently in beta mode, hence the reason for some of the inaccurate results. Please be patient with us, tie system works, yes it is real, and if you could help us train the system then we will be offer something to this community that no one else has.

Our goal is to be able to help sick patient ts who don't know what they are smoking , give them some sense of security in knowing which strain helps with why ailment. I've lost alot of close family menders to cancer and I can't begin to tell you how much medical marijuana helped them, but unfortunately they never had a way to identify what they were smoking, my intentions with this are good so please, instead of flat out bashing the site, please please help to improve it. Tha ks again for your honest criticsm

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

There is such a thing as a bad app, that's why Apple for example allows users to rate and comment on the experience.  Objective reality apps will be really cool in about 10 more years.

I did try uploading a pic of Purple Trainwreck, and it said it was Querkle, pretty close I guess. How close can you really get though? Every plant of marijuana, every seed is different. The names are not exact ever really. THC / CBD content fluctuates from batch to batch too.

John
John

High county caregivers. Just wanted to say thank you for the feedback. I'm glad we got close and hopefully your helping to train the brain further so our accuracy will increse. FYI - the THC and CBD is an average of multiple submissions submitted by actual testing facilities. In the near future we hope to provide even more info. In the meantime please upload your menu onto potlocator so that patients visiting strain brain can find the strain their looking for an dvisit your business.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Thanks John, you may want to grab some photos off of our main cannabis photo exchange page, http://marijuanaphotos.co  High resolution pics, upload your own, comment, use the editing features..... Enjoy!

John
John

I will do that. Would you like to be a part of our beta program for the application? Were currently testing it right now and would love the chance to work with someone as knowledgable as yourself within this industry. I'll check out your site today and get back you

Does not work!  :(
Does not work! :(

 the website sucks!  I just uploaded a pic of AK47 and it said it was Sweet Tooth.   Nice try but the site and app will be misleading as it's just going to display a bunch of random false positives.

John
John

Did you tell the site that it was AK47 after it said sweettooth? Your knowledge will help with our accuracy so please help train the brain :)

420Connoisseur
420Connoisseur

 Total Gimmick, it'll never work.  Dumb!  Just another scam to get people's money.  I guarantee it'll just spit out random names... get "Strains Pro" for iOS if you want a good strains app

John
John

Hey, just wanted to let you guys know that the strain brain is FREE!!!! not a gimmick, we are actively working on improving the site with further development so please be patient with us. I appreciate the honesty but in reality the site does work! Help us train the brain!!!

Don't think it's possible
Don't think it's possible

Don't see this happening as 75% of all Bud look the same when processed...maybe they should figure out how to "Sniff" it instead

John
John

Hey guys, this is one of the creators of the website. Just wanted to let everyone know, this is the real deal!! We used facial recgonition software and texture based software to create this unbelievable website and soon to come new mobile application as well. We are currently matching all resorts to over 2500 submitted strains. If you feel that the app doesn't work then please help us to "train the brain" the more you submit and train our brain the more accurate it will become. No gimmick everyone, this is the real deal! I hope everyone enjoys our site an please be patient as we develop everything further. Thanks for everyones support!!

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