Having difficulty in solving a Math equation? No worries, PhotoMath is here. With PhotoMath App, you can use your smartphone to solve mathematical problems. All you have to do is open the PhotoMath app in your mobile phone, point it towards the math equation you want to solve, take its picture and the answer instantly pops up on your screen. Pressing the steps button also gives you the step-by-step solution to the equation.
PhotoMath is a free app launched recently by Microblink. It is the same company that developed PhotoPay, for easy bill payments. When you scan the bill with the camera of your smartphone, your bank will pay it automatically. PhotoPay is being used by 14 banks in Europe.
The app is currently available for iOS and Windows Phones. iPhone users can download it from iTunes and Windows phone users from the Windows Phone store. It is not available as yet on Android phones but Android users are expected to get the PhotoMath by early 2015.
PhotoMath supports problems concerning basic arithmetic, decimals, fractions, linear equations and logarithms. However, the app supports only printed problems and not handwritten text. The app is being updated with new solutions being added constantly.
Description of the app in iTunes says, “Children can use it as a tool which helps them to learn Math, while parents can use it to check the homework to their children. With PhotoMath, you can have a Math teacher in your pocket.” While doing homework or learning for a test, you can check the answers quickly and easily without having to turn numerous pages of your book.
The app also has its drawbacks. It can tempt some students to cheat during exams and teachers will have to be extra careful.