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Earlier this year, the tech giant received a patent for image-driven garden recommendation technology.

Mike Pomranz
December 06, 2017

With its buyout of Whole Foods, Amazon has almost instantly become a major player in the grocery game – and now, as the name implies, there’s almost nothing that Amazon can’t do for you. Okay, but what if you want to forgo Amazon and just grow your own food in your garden? Wait! One day, Amazon might be able to help with that too thanks to its recently patented system intended to digitally provide recommendations for your garden.

In a filling originally dated June 12, 2014, but only approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this past October, Amazon outlines “techniques for identifying and recommending garden items.” In the 22-page document, the company delves into plenty of detail about how this proposed technology might work. At its core, the service would allow users to take photos of their garden which would be analyzed “to determine plants growing in the garden.” Given additional information such as location data, the system could also potentially determine “constraints associated with the garden.” From there, Amazon could provide all sorts of recommendations. “A recommendation may include recipes that can use portions of some of the plants as ingredients,” the patent states. “This type of recommendation may also identify other ingredients available for purchase from the electronic marketplace to complete the recipes. Another recommendation may include new plants that can be purchased from the electronic marketplace that can be added to the garden. Additionally, the garden service may recommend gardening tools and other garden items available … to main and/or expand the garden.”

In one very specific example, Amazon offers up a fictitious new Seattle resident named Evelyn: “Evelyn may use her smartphone to take and upload photos of her backyard to the garden service [and] the garden service may determine that tomatoes, cucumber, and mint may be growing in the north-end of the backyard. As such, the garden service may recommend a Greek salad recipe using these vegetables and may identify other ingredients such as feta cheese and olive oil for purchase from the electronic marketplace.”

As Modern Farmer points out, the theoretical service might have some even more impressive tricks up its sleeve too. It could potentially recommend which plants would grow best in your garden based on geolocation data or even specifics like where the shade happens to fall. Basically, living off of nature is great, but nature is confusing, so why not let Amazon point you in the right direction!

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