Olawale had just come back from work and in his tired state, he jumped on the couch.
Not too long afterwards he remembered his favorite football team’s game was almost about to start, but in his tired state he couldn’t get up to reach for the TV remote. So he merely picked up his phone which was right beside him and switched on the TV. Amazing stuff isn’t it? This and many more are some of the smart things our phones could do that we’ve all been missing out on.
1. Universal remote control: Just like Olawale, instead of having to spend a considerable sum of money on a universal remote control that would control the gadgets in the house, you could just use your smartphone. There are lots of applications available that can turn your smartphone into a universal remote. Some of these apps include “Tata Sky Mobile,” “Peel Universal Remote” “RedEye” and they are all available on both Androids and iPhones. One could also search for other universal remote apps on Ios app store or Google Play Store.
2. Clone a photo: Cloning a photo means having to make several copies of a particular photograph. Without a fancy editing tool like Photoshop you can get to clone your photos. How to do it? Stand at one end of the frame and tell someone to click a panorama shot. When the photographer starts panning, run behind him and stand at the other end before the camera reaches there. The image will have multiple pictures of you.
3. Translate text: Have you ever had to look at a foreign text and wondered what it meant? You would have to ask for help, look up words in a book, or maybe even type it all into your smartphone for translation. But that’s so old school. With an app like “Word lens” you can just point your device’s camera at the text and see the translation happen before your eyes.
4. Check the temperature and humidity level: Some smartphones come with temperature and humidity sensors. The idea is that the sensors are used to judge whether you’re comfortable in your current environment or not. It can be used to see the temperature and humidity of your surroundings and whether you’re likely to be comfortable in them.
5. Monitor your state of mind with your phone: This should surprise you the most. There are apps that can automatically measure sleep duration, stress level and eating habits without user interaction. The app potentially could be used to provide real-time feedback on safety and stress levels. It could also be used to monitor mental health, trigger intervention, and improve productivity in the workplace as well.”
6. Measure speed and distance to improve your sports skills: With an app like “smart tools” one can measure the distance between two objects, and they even have an app to measure the speed of moving objects. Also “Smart Distance” will measure the distance, then, once you know how far things are, the “Speed Gun” app will give you the speed of any moving object.”