Wolfram Alpha Widgets announced
30th Jul 2010 | 12:17
Beta release for computational engine apps
Wolfram has announced a beta release of Wolfram|Alpha widgets, bringing the computational engine to your Facebook or Twitter accounts.
The widgets offer the chance to build a mini-app on top of Wolfram Alpha queries – so you can do those oft-repeated computations more quickly.
The Wolfram Alpha widgets given as a examples include the 'essential kitchen unit converter' which, as you may expect deals with units and measures and a mathematical derivative solver.
"Wolfram Alpha Widgets are free, personalised mini-apps that leverage the depth and breadth of the Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge engine," explains Wolfram's release.
"Widgets can do almost anything, from calculating calories in a recipe to solving complex equations.
"If Wolfram Alpha can answer your query, you can use it to create a widget."
When you are done creating your widget you can then share it on Facebook, Twitter or via email.
You can check out the beta at http://developer.wolframalpha.com/widgets/ and even make your own.
TechRadar has already come up with an 'not a valid input, please try again' app with virtually no effort whatsoever.