I am an avid Sudoku-er. I do the puzzles every single day. Grab a newspaper on my way to university and solve it on the bus. Grab another newspaper when I get to Uni and solve it before the first lecture. Mentally do a few in my head. Then I just do some puzzles on my phone. It really is absolutely fantastic! 🙂
Anyway, as I was messing about with my phone today, I noticed something which is probably the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. Google Goggles has always been a great app, even if people don’t use it that often. I happen to use it a lot since I take quite a lot of random pictures for no apparent reason other than to see if it can scan things properly. Kudos to Google for implementing some seriously cool software.
Here’s what you need to do to be able to ‘solve’ Sudoku puzzles in under a minute (or trick your friends into thinking you’re clever, if you’re really that desperate for attention) :
1) Install Google Goggles (if you haven’t already).
2) Get any unsolved/partially-solved Sudoku puzzle (I’m just taking a picture from the website: www.websudoku.com for presentation purposes)
3) Open Google Goggles and select the Camera option.
4) Take a picture of the Sudoku puzzle (you might have to use the Crop tool) and wait for Google to do its magic.
5) Tap on the “Sudoku Puzzle” option at the bottom.
6) Your default browser (mine is Chrome) will open up. Click on the “Solve” button.
7) Watch and be amazed. In all seriousness, how cool is that?! 😀
And that’s pretty much it. Honestly, this is an exceptionally brilliant technological feat. However, it’s a bit of a hit-and-miss situation. I had to take the picture about 5 times before it recognized it as a Sudoku puzzle and not a shopping item (no idea how it managed to confuse the two). Still, when it does work, it is absolutely fantastic!
Here’s a video which shows how to do it properly: Google Goggles Sudoku Demo