(from Ron) “PhotoMath is a FREE app that can solve smartphone equations through smartphone cameras,” the headline at Forbes.com exclaims. Now, while it MIGHT sound like an app that just helps kids cheat, it also gives students a step-by-step guide showing how each of the problems are solved. The guide is useful, particularly to students that do not have access or funds for a tutor. Parents can also use the PhotoMath app to jog their memory when teaching math to their kids. Or grown adults who are married to people going to college (as is the case at my house).
Seriously, I can’t TELL you how many times I sit through curse word-laden math sessions where I’m asked for help and have absolutely no clue what’s going on. lol Apparently my b etter half has a professor that doesn’t teach, uses a book that doesn’t explain, then tests her students on untaught, unexplained curriculum anyhow. Yay for college math, right?
“PhotoMath currently supports basic arithmetics, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations and several functions like logarithms. New math is constantly added in new app releases,” says the description of the PhotoMath app on iTunes.
The app uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to read the equation and calculates the answers in mere SECONDS!!! There is a red frame in the PhotoMath app that you have to use to encircle the equation. Watch the tutorial video below. (photo from iTunes App store page)