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PhotoMath uses your phone's camera to solve math problems

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PhotoMath uses your phone's camera to solve math problems
Imagine how much easier your High School days would have been with the PhotoMath app. All you do is snap a picture of a difficult math problem using the camera on your phone, and the answer pops up right in front of you. The app supports problems using decimals and fractions, arithmetic expressions, powers and roots and simple linear equations.

Versions of the app are now available for free in the Windows Phone Store, and in the Apple App Store. Android users will have to wait until early next year to download PhotoMath. The company behind the app, MicroBlink, had worked on PhotoPay. Take a picture of a bill using the camera on your phone, and the money is zapped out of your bank and is used to pay the bill. The technology was licensed to 14 banks in Europe.

While MicroBlink has a number of possible applications for its technology, getting thousands of students to test out their technology for free is a brilliant strategy. We should add that the app works only with printed equations, and does show you how to solve certain math problems step by step.

PhotoMath is a dream come true for those who just can't grasp math, or feel that they have better things to do with their time than solve pointless math equations. Click on the video below to see the app in action.



source: PhotoMath (iOS|Windows) via TechCrunch

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posted on 21 Oct 2014, 16:02 3

1. j3ss323 (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


As if the education system wasn't bad enough...

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 16:43 1

8. oboboy14 (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


You're lofty ideals are better presented elsewhere.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 01:12

14. luis.d (Posts: 329; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


You're making a point :p

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 16:16 5

2. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Where was this app back in my high school days =(

p.s.: Why is this NOT on Android T_T

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 16:26 1

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Sauce2 lol. Clever name.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 16:16

3. Micah007 (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Awesome, this will make AP Physics so much easier :)

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 16:19 2

4. NexusX (Posts: 521; Member since: 16 May 2013)


i'm starting to think this is one giant conspiracy by Google and Apple to turn us all into idiots while they take over the world with math science and automation

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 16:26

7. Micah007 (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Nothing wrong with using this to check your answers and see the steps in easy detail, so you can learn from them.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 05:10

16. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


That's what I use Wolfram for. Try to solve it by yourself, use Wolfram to check your answer. Then I use the info from the answer to try again.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 13:42

17. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


You kids have it easy these days. When I went to school, I had to find a homework partner to compare answers with in order to check our work. :)

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 21:07

12. mixedfish (Posts: 1214; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


But who's running Google and Apple?

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 21:31

13. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


But it's not for Android. So it's only Apple and Microsoft.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 01:28

15. ram64GB (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)


And I wonder why Google let the Android user to wait until next year to download this app.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 16:25

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Definitely trying this out.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 16:49 3

9. Tziggy14 (Posts: 455; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


This my friends is why America is in the bottom of the list in math and science. Over half of my Chemistry department are international Europeans, Africans, and Koreans.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 17:06

10. wilsong17 (unregistered)


You mean most top engineer are from Europe lol same way it was before most engineering done back in the 30s were engineer from europe

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 17:10 1

11. Af1rPA (Posts: 705; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


This how the machines became self aware.

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 06:40

18. assdick (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)


Teach it calculus assholes, then we'll talk

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