We live in such a fast-paced world that it is now possible for consumer electronics devices to offer a plethora of features, often which are completely unrelated to the device’s original purpose. Take mobile phones, for example.
Originally they were just devices that enabled us to call and text people, but now smartphones let us have what is to all intents and purposes an ultra-portable computer in the palm of our hands!
Smartphones such as the Apple iPhone offer us the ability to run all sorts of productivity apps, but did you know that they can be used for all sorts of other weird, wonderful and just generally awesome things? Here are some examples that illustrate just what I mean!
You might have thought that you would need a Geiger counter to detect whether there were any unusually high levels of radiation in your area, but thankfully you don’t need to carry out such cumbersome and often expensive equipment anymore!
The Pocket Geiger app works in tandem with a Pocket Geiger device, and is even safe enough to take on a plane with you (probably useful if you happen to be travelling near Pripyat in the Ukraine).
Tune Your Guitar
Do you play the guitar? Are you constantly losing your tuner whenever you and your guitar head off to a jam session or gig? If so, the iPhone is a great way to help you get back in tune thanks to apps such as the obviously-named Guitar Tuner!
Of course, you have to make sure that you take your iPhone with you, otherwise, you would be in a bit of a pickle!
Find Your Car
Sometimes I am a bit of an absent-minded motorist. Once, I headed off to a supermarket to buy some groceries and when I came back out, I had completely forgotten where I had parked my car!
An interesting use for augmented reality and GPS on the iPhone is the ability to find your car, and one such example is the Car Finder app! Such apps like these even give you turn-by-turn directions from your current location, so that you know how to get back to your car – useful if you park somewhere like a festival car park, for example.
Find Out How Level Something Is
Here’s one for you DIYers: did you know that your iPhone can help you determine how level something is? There is a plethora of apps in the App Store for the purpose, such as the iHandy Level app, that you can download. They are a great resource when you just can’t seem to find your spirit level!
Check Out Your CCTV Cameras
According to MRFS CCTV Systems, IP cameras are a great way of monitoring any CCTV cameras from a LAN (local area network). A lot of people are under the misconception that you have to use a computer to monitor your cameras, because it is possible to use apps such as iCamViewer on your iPhone that offer the same feature!