This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Google Lens, a scouter-like app that automatically identifies objects captured by your smartphone's camera, now has the ability to automatically calculate math equations and come up with solutions. With this, you won't be afraid of math problems...maybe.
The technology is based on the technology from the mobile app Socratic, which Google acquired in 2019, which allows you to select an equation in a textbook or reference book captured by the camera and it will show you the solution in order and guide you through the process.
It's not yet clear when Google Lens will be available with this feature, but the Socratic app itself is still available for Android and iOS.
The new features in Google Lens will not only allow you to solve math problems, but also include the ability to search for roughly a hundred 3-D objects. For example, a search for "quantum mechanical models" will make the atomic model appear in AR as if it were right in front of you.
Google is integrating these features into its Lens app to help children forced to learn at home due to the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) pandemic.
In addition to Lens, Google is also introducing smarter ways to support learning at home, for example, by helping them read with ReadAlong, a learning app that combines text recognition and text-to-speech, using the live captioning feature on Google Meet for video calls, and letting them know when it's time for a remote class with the Family Bell feature in Google Assistant.
Incidentally, there are also apps that can explain the solution if you take a picture of a math equation, such as Microsoft's Math Solver. However, if you give these apps to your children without any thought, they may develop the habit of relying on them before they can think for themselves. We recommend that you consider how your child will learn at home before using these apps.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.