Apps are in a unique position to offer great solutions to niche problems. Access to an Internet connection, camera, GPS and touchscreen on one device lets them help with a huge variety of issues that effect everyday life.
Sudoku Solver Camera is just one such app. Available for iPhone and iPad through the Apple iTunes App Store, Sudoku Solver Camera targets a niche and goes for it.
That niche is obviously solving Sudoku puzzles, and it does just about everything you could possibly want such an app to do. To use the app you point your phone camera at the problem you want solved, and the app starts recording until it sees the puzzle and offers you the solution. You need to be careful to follow the instructions and keep the puzzle inside the white frame. I tried many puzzles of varying sizes and the app found them all, the only time it didn’t was when the light was quite low, which is completely understandable.
The app can only read square-shaped puzzles and those that have no extra decorations and odd extras. Basically 99% of all puzzles you can find. The app description says it can’t see writing that appears handwritten, but I found it did see a couple that looked handwritten to me.
Once the app has scanned the image it will solve the puzzle for you, and then you can send the solution over social networks if you so please, and even print a copy via AirPrint, a brilliant addition.
– Very fast (from app start to a solved Sudoku it takes a manner of seconds)
– Convenient (no need to copy paste all the digits into a web solver)
– Save the solved Sudoku images
– Print it directly via AirPrint
– Send a solution to your friends (via iMessage or eMail)
– Share your solution via social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter)
Quick tips for a good detection rate and quality
– start a detection close to your Sudoku and then move – up until the Sudoku fits into the frame
– slow camera movement (no hasty actions)
– decent lighting (daylight is preferable)
The app works perfectly, and is nicely designed with an attractive look and easy to understand and use features. If you have used apps like this before you will be fine, and even those new to iOS should have no problems navigating their way around this app.
One addition that I would like to see would be the ability to read a puzzle from your photo roll, so friends can send you puzzles to solve for them. That is just about the only thing I can think of that it doesn’t do, as the app is perfectly arrow focused on its task.
Overall, if you are looking for an app to solve Sudoku puzzles with, then look no further as this has got you completely covered.