Math Solving App: Happy Students, Frustrated Teachers
All you people weary of solving complex equations and playing around with numbers, your knight in shining armor is finally here.
PhotoMath is a mathematical app designed to solve problems for students by recognizing the text from images. A Croatian company MicroBlink has created this ingenious app to teach kids mathematics and guide them when needed.
How does this app work?
- Using the camera from your device, take a photo of any math equation or expression.
- PhotoMath will then recognize the text.
- Automatically determine the problem, and calculate it for you.
- It even goes onto simplify the problems.
PhotoMath also provides explanation on how it derives the answers. It currently supports the following:
- Arithmetic expressions such as Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction
- Fraction and Decimal
- Powers and roots
- Simple linear Equation
While this poses a threat to the teachers, students are delighted as a whole. However, the creators of this app find many positive uses for it. MicroBlink’s CEO, Damir Sabol, says that the technology can be used in “many places where mobile apps need to be connected to the real world through text recognition.”
Though Sabol stays firm in saying MicroBlink is not focused on education, he is glad with PhotoMath’s success till now, especially after the app reached the finale of TechCrunch Disrupt Europe on Tuesday.
“We’ve had a million visits to our website and more than 110,000 downloads yesterday, and the traffic seems to be growing,” he says. “As far as financing goes, we haven’t taken any outside investments yet, but we’re looking at that possibility as well.”
The success of the app can also be noted by the fact that the app is restricted to recognizing only printed text, and does not recognize handwritten text so far (I hear a few teachers sigh with relief). However, it can recognize moving images as the technology is based on video frames.
PhotoMath derives its concepts from PhotoPay, a popular app gaining more traction everyday as it captures the photo of our bills using the mobile’s camera and our bank then takes care of making the payment for us. As of now, 14 banks around Europe use PhotoPay. MicroBlink acclaimed PhotoPay is used by 4 million users in 10 countries.
PhotoMath is available for iOS and Windows devices, and will reach Android phones as early as 2015.