Here’s a confession: I was terrible at math in school. From Algebra 1 on, I just couldn’t keep the various symbols, numbers, and denominators I was faced with straight, and so I flunked pretty much every test.
But I grew up in the 90’s. If I was in high school today, I’d never fail a math test again. I’d use the new iOS app PhotoMath instead, which literally solves math problems like magic.
Although it’s not available yet — it will be out for iOS starting in 2015 — PhotoMath promises to be the genius, algorithm-reading calculator we’ve always wanted.
Instead of typing in a math problem, you just point your iPhone’s camera at a math problem, PhotoMath slurps it up, uses OCR to decode it into computer math, and then solves it for you automatically!
Here’s how PhotoMath explains the process:
PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your mobile device in real time. It makes math easy and simple by educating users how to solve math problems.
Even better? It’ll show your work. So not only does the app help teach you math, it will also help you cheat your way through the most arduous math exams.
Like we said, PhotoMath won’t be available until 2015. But something tells me that when it’s released, there’ll be a “No iPhones on algebra class” rule in effect, countrywide.