Wolfram Alpha for iOS Updated

March 13, 2012 by Gabe | [mmd] |

The universal app Wolfram Alpha received an update today. That may be one of the most boring sentences I will write this week but it's more interesting than it sounds.

The app now supports image input. Either snap a new image or grab one from the camera roll:

The app will automatically process the image to produce variations like this:

Image Processing

That's pretty neat.

But wait!

Grab an image of some text with an iPhone:

Text Image

Perform a Wolfram search with the image and "OCR" and get this:

OCR Text

Not great. But not terrible.1

This hit me like a ton of bricks:

Camera. Siri. Wolfram. Wow!

  1. That photo was snapped off of a computer monitor. I'm not twisted enough to have a Lebowski script just sitting around (any more).