These 5 apps use your smartphone's camera to do pretty awesome things
1. PhotoMath Camera Calculator
What are computers best at? Crunching numbers! What's a camera best at? Taking photos, of course. Harness the combined power of both, and you get Photomath – a smart camera calculator and math assistant. By simply opening the app and pointing your smartphone's camera towards a math problem, Photomath will serve you the result with a detailed, step-by-step solution on the side. This fast camera calc supports arithmetics, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations, equation systems, and logarithms. More complex problems, such as integrals, trigonometry, and derivatives are also supported, but don't have detailed solving steps. This feature is supposed to arrive in an upcoming update.
Always forgetting about things you're supposed to do? Reminders and alarms are of no help? Try Capsule! This is a quick and dirty iOS app that lets you send reminders to other people's phones. The capsules you launch can contain text messages, pictures, and video which are sent to your existing contacts at the exact moment you want them to be delivered. With this app, reminding your family, friends, coworkers, or even yourself about doing the stuff you should be doing becomes almost easier than texting, alarms, and to-do lists.
You know how splitting the bill between a group of friends at a restaurant can become a complete commotion, right? The makers of Tab know about that, too, so they came up with a simple, awkward-less way to split a bill among friends. Just use the app to snap a picture of the check, then tap on your items to claim them. Everyone with Tab on their phone can join in and select their own items. The app will keep everything synced up in real time and calculate the amount you have to pay. No pocket calculators, mind gymnastics, back-of-the-napkin algebra, and other painful experiences are involved! Additionally, tax and tip are automatically divided in proportion, and it's someone's birthday, you can split their total evenly among everyone else.
Tab is currently available only in the U.S. Play Store, because the many different receipt formats, unique taxes and other specifics among different countries would break the app's image-to-text conversion and parsing.
SkinVision uses image recognition with an unique purpose – you take pictures of moles and skin spots that give you doubts, and the app instantly analyses them for risk of melanoma skin cancer. This lets you detect malicious changes to your skin as early as possible, so you can take prompt action. Melanoma skin cancer symptoms can be hard to detect, but the app's unique algorithm can indicate the potential risk based on your photos. By saving photos in your personal gallery, you can easily track spots over time.
Finally, a wine app that everyone can understand! Vivino is always ready to help you pick, remember, and share your wines. Take a photo of any wine label and you will discover pricing, ratings, reviews, food paring suggestions and recommendations for it, provided by a community of more than 10 million wine lovers. The app will let you remember the best and worst of wines, discover new favorites, find the best wine deals, shop online, and get an overview of your personal taste profile.