The joy he felt when he actually understood the problem he was looking at was amazing. Photomath is a proud winner of 4YFN competition in Barcelona, the world's largest startup competition on mobile technologies and business models.
He now doesn't feel hopeless and has a sense of accomplishment. Photomath also received a Netexplo Forum Award for its work in educational technology.
Right now, the app does not support hand-written math problems, so you'll have to focus it on problems in a math book rather than scribbles in your notebook.
Parents need to know that Socratic - Math & Homework Help is a homework-help app that uses strong text-recognition technology to search the web for solutions to homework questions taken with a device's camera or entered manually with the keyboard.
Note that while the app itself takes great pains to be accurate and offer deeper learning opportunities beyond a correct answer, real educational value really depends on the user.
It's an app best used in moderation and with some oversight so that kids don't see it as an easy way out.
Presumably phones are not allowed during in-class tests, but I haven't actually been in a math class since 1998 (programmable graphing calculators ftw! Right now, the app supports arithmetic expressions (plus sign, division, etc.), fractions and decimals, powers and roots, and simple linear equations. An easy addition problem (230 230 230 230) returned the correct answer.
But the app did nothing with a more advanced problem (pictured above), though perhaps that one did not qualify as a simple linear equation.
Indeed, the app does show its work, breaking down how it got to a particular answer.
But that, of course, might just make it easier for math-averse students to cheat on their homework.