Our smartphones are our go-to gadgets for texting, rocking out to music, web surfing, learning how to do things from opening a coconut to making a key lime pie, finding the answers to the random questions you sometimes wonder about, like “why do dogs chase their tails?”, and we even sometimes use them to make the occasional phone call. It’s hard to believe that there could be many uses for these tiny gadgets that we still don’t even know about. However, if you’re interested in additional, equally cool ways to utilize this very universal device, read on.
If you’ve lost your TV or DVR remote, there are several apps that will allow you to use your smartphone to control almost any device that runs on a LED remote system. While your smartphone isn’t equipped with LED technology, the appropriate app can enable it to create a signal that is transmitted to the device and translated into any particular command.
Credit Card Payments
Who needs a cash register when they’ve got a smartphone? This feature can be very handy for someone who owns their own small business or works out of a booth at a festival or flea market. By purchasing a credit card reader that plugs into your phone, you can swipe cards and make sales without buying any expensive equipment.
If you travel frequently, you may be interested to know that your smartphone can serve as your very own mobile hotspot. Extra charges may apply in order to acquire this particular capability. Your personal Wi-Fi network can supply a wireless internet connection for up to seven devices without a modem or router.
If you’re tired of lugging around a giant handbag or a hefty wallet, consider using your smartphone to make purchases. Apps like Google Wallet will store your credit card and banking information. At the point of sale, you can use your phone to make the purchase without needing your physical card.
Not only can your smartphone eliminate the need to carry your wallet around, but it can lighten the load of your tool belt as well. Carpentry apps can enable your smartphone to act as a bubble level bar, protractor, ruler, plumb bob, and surface level. You no longer have an excuse for the crooked pictures on your wall.
Google Goggles allows you to snap a picture of items like a landmark, product, storefront, or piece of art, and the app will scan its database to identify the object. This app is great for tourists and generally curious people alike.
The possibilities are endless. If you can think of it, there’s probably an app for it. With so many functionalities, the term “smartphone” really rings true. Now, don’t you kind of feel like you’ve been holding your phone back? Get out there and explore its possibilities. You never know what you might find.
Jason Charms writes about technology, finance & background checks.