Math and I have never been particularly good friends, especially when it comes to the dreaded concept of “mental math.” Certain ostensibly simple arithmetical operations almost always have me running for a pencil and pen, even when it comes to just calculating percentages. So in this age of tablets and smartphones, it was only really a matter of time until someone realized that maybe scratch paper, that tried-and-true staple of math classes world over, should no longer just work in tandem with your calculator, but was instead the calculator itself.

MyScript Calculator does just that by turning your tablet or smartphone into a digital chalkboard that not only lets you use your handwriting, but it will also solve equations automatically, thus greatly reducing the amount of time spent inputting data into your calculator. Using either your finger or a capacitive stylus, MyScript translates your own handwriting into numbers, operators, and formulas automatically. Even better, if you make a mistake in an equation that has already been translated from your handwriting, you can use the scratch-out gesture on any part of the formula to quickly delete what you need and move on, making it easy and intuitive to do math equations just as you would with a pencil and paper.

As of writing this, the app does have a slight drawback in the number of operations it can perform, such as a lack of support for operations using more than one variable, but the apps creators, Vision Objects, do promise that more features are on the way and are always on the lookout for new suggestions from its user base.

The current list of supported operations is:

    • Basic operations: +, -, x, ÷, +/‒, 1/x
    • Misc. Operations: %, √, x!, |x|
    • Powers/Exponentials: ℯx, xy , x2
    • Brackets: ( )
    • Trigonometry: cos, sin, tan
    • Inverse trigonometry: acos, asin, atan
    • Logarithms: ln , log
    • Constants: π, ℯ, Phi.

The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.