I don't want to be too negative - I really don't. But I should point out that I have two A-grade O-levels in maths, two A-grade A-levels in maths, plus a degree in Physics, which involved an awful lot of maths, so I hopefully write all this with a fair degree of experience. Here's the pitch for PhotoMath, from the Store:
PhotoMath is the world's first camera calculator. Just point the camera towards a mathematical expression, and PhotoMath instantly displays the correct result. By pressing the steps button, you can see the full step-by-step solution. Use it to get help when you're stuck solving a math problem.
Children can use it as a tool which helps them to learn Math, while parents can use it to check their children's homework. With PhotoMath, you can have a Math teacher in your pocket.
PhotoMath currently supports basic arithmetics, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations and several functions like logarithms. Support for new math is constantly added in new app releases.
Handwritten text is not supported, only printed problems from Math textbooks.
In fact, after an hour of trying PhotoMath with zero success, the word 'children' leaps out at me now in the app description. You see, if a maths question is hard enough for you, as an adult, to require a machine solution like this then almost by definition PhotoMath can't solve it either. The pitch, therefore, is that certain algebraic questions clearly laid out in printed text with plenty of white space, can be handled.
It's a bit of a niche use case!
What would be useful would be for neat handwritten equations to be recognised too, i.e. you could take a dense, printed equation and hand print it, more clearly, with plenty of white space - but no, whatever I did, my handwritten symbols weren't recognised - until the developers cope with this to some degree, PhotoMath is effectively cut off at the knees.
Here's PhotoMath in action:
A great idea then and one which I shall watch with interest. But at the moment, the only things PhotoMath can do could be done by any human in a matter of seconds. Moreover, the act of calculation and solving will stimulate your brain cells. Which, at my age, having forgotten more maths than most people will ever learn, has got to be a good thing!
You can download PhotoMath here in the Store. Developers, get this to recognise neat handwritten symbols and then you might have me interested again!