Mary loves to write about a wide range of interests, including the human side of gadgets and technology.
The advent of technology has not only opened our eyes and minds to so much more, but it has also made our lives and tasks easier. Technology encompasses a lot of innovations and inventions, but one of these inventions stands out—the mobile phone. In many cases, this life-saving gadget is underused, as we never get to explore most of its functions. Thankfully, this article highlights some of those instances, so you can begin making full use of your mobile phone.
1. You can start your car
This is super cool! With the help of a single application, you can start your car without turning the ignition key. If this isn’t the coolest thing you’ve heard in a while, then I wonder what is. With the help of ViperSmartStart, an application designed specifically for this and more, you can get your car running. Not only can this app start your car, but it can also lock and unlock your car, all of these from the comfort of your mobile phone. And, depending on the system you use, you can also make use of the app to diagnose problems with your car.
2. You can measure your heart rate
To do this, simply install one of the many heart rate measurement apps in your Store. These applications make judicious use of your phone’s camera and flash to read your pulse. Usually, by simply placing your index finger on the camera, the apps measure your heart rate by detecting changes in color. Another thing these applications do is receive and gather data from every one of your readings and use them to create charts that will help monitor your heart rate over time. To make your tracking more effective, simply add notes and tags like “resting”, “exercising”, etc. You do not necessarily have to be enthusiastic about fitness and what-have-you to enjoy these apps. And if you happen to have a cardiovascular condition that requires that you monitor your heart closely, then you should have one of these apps. Thank me later.
3. See in the dark
I’m not referring to your phone’s flashlight here, I’m talking about something even better; far better. Even though no one is born with thermal vision, it is now possible to use it to see in the dark, a simple camera attachment would have you balling with thermal vision, for example, the Seek Thermal. How does this work? This camera attaches itself to your phone through either a lightning port or a micro USB port, depending on whether you use an Apple phone or an Android device. Besides coming as an attachment to your phone, the thermal cameras also come as an app to reveal detected heat signatures on your phone screen. With this device, you can look for and track wildlife, discover loose electrical wires and a host of others.
4. It can save the day
If someone randomly told me that my smartphone could save the day, I’d think they were simply exaggerating. Surprisingly though, it can. Should you ever have to share a video from your mobile phone at a business meeting, simply make use of screen mirroring applications. All you need to do is install the application, and you will be able to do so much. For instance, you can get to play videos, music and present photos and documents right from your mobile phone. There’s more, fam! You do not need a USB cable to enjoy all these. Trust me, there’s nothing cooler than this at the moment.
5. Keep you safe while walking home
With the state of security in our world. It is only normal that you get freaked out when walking home alone at night. It’s about to become abnormal though because, with the bSafe app, your phone can keep you safe. The app, suitable for download and installation by both Android and Apple users allows you to send invitations to a selected number of contacts. These contacts are able to track your location. The bSafe app also sets a timer that will send a distress call to your contacts if you don’t get home within a particular time frame. It gets sweeter! The application is capable of scheduling fake calls to make it appear as though you’re conversing with someone as you walk home.