PhotoMath uses your phone's camera to solve math problems

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



1. j3ss323

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

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

8. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

You're lofty ideals are better presented elsewhere.

14. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

You're making a point :p

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Where was this app back in my high school days =( p.s.: Why is this NOT on Android T_T

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sauce2 lol. Clever name.

3. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

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

4. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 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

7. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

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

16. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

17. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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. :)

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

But who's running Google and Apple?

13. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

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

15. ram64GB

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

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

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Definitely trying this out.

9. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 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.

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

11. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

This how the machines became self aware.

18. assdick

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Teach it calculus assholes, then we'll talk

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