Photomath’s app can now solve handwritten math problems


Learning any new subject can be challenging
— for many students, that subject is math. Fortunately, Photomath is here to help. Photomath is a new app that not only solves
complex math equations but teaches you how to solve them yourself. It uses your phone’s camera to scan the math
equation. Within seconds it spits out the answer, tap
the answer bar to reveal the step by step instructions on how to get the solution. Not only does Photomath tell you the answer
it shows its work as well. This week, Photomath released an update that
recognizes handwriting. Previously, the app was only able to read
printed text. It is quite adept. We experimented with several people’s handwriting
and Photomath picked it right up. The only problem I came across was with division
bars. Photomath had difficulty delineating the order
of operations. This was simply remedied by emboldening the
lines. But if all else fails, Photomath has included
a keyboard option for you to manually edit or type in any equation that is giving you
problems. The update also brings a new math expert system,
Photomath+, that solves problems like a human would, and walks users through how to solve
the problem themselves with a colorful and useful step-by-step guide. This system seems to address the tension between
having an app do your homework versus having an app help you learn. This new service could also end up being a
useful tool for parents who want to check if homework if right and navigate their way
through incorrect answers. The Photomath+ service is free through November
and will be a paid subscription after that. These new features are available for iOS now,
and will be coming to Android by the end of the month.

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