Over the years, technology have brought us more than enough life changing products, innovations and several other outcomes that cannot be numbered. One of such life changing innovation technology has gifted us with is a device known as the “Smartphone”.
I’m very much sure that a huge chunk of the world’s population own a smartphone and a very large percentage of smartphone owners have a very good knowledge of how to handle one and use for some basic activity like making and receiving call, surfing the internet, taking pictures and videos, setting alarms and reminders among others.
But today, we would be looking at some functions of a smartphone that aren’t much oblivious to a whole lot of smartphone owners. Ready, set, go!
CONTROLLING LIGHT SWITCHES
Smartphone owners can replace their standard light switch with a smart version such as the WeMo Light Switch. You can get it done by Syncing it to your smartphone. Voila! You can turn your lights on or off anytime, anywhere… even if you forgot to turn the lights off after leaving your home.
You can also programme your lights to turn on or off at specific times each day, as well as set up schedules and triggers other actions to turn them on or off. The Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Kit also lets you gradually dim, brighten or even change the colour of your lights.
MANAGE YOUR THERMOSTAT
With the Nest Learning Thermostat, you can use the compatible app on your smartphone to adjust the temperature away from home. Nest also learns and adapts to your schedule and emails you monthly energy reports. Isn’t that amazing?!?
MEASURE SPEED, HEIGHT AND DISTANCE
With your smartphone, you can measure the speed of people or moving objects with app such as Speed Gun (Android) and SpeedClock (iOS) which are great apps used in sporting events like baseball, football or track and field.
Apps that measures the height and distance of objects using your camera lens also exist. Apps like Smart Measure Pro, while iOS users can try Dot Measure Pro are available on the Android platform.
If you own an Android powered smartphone, the Google Goggles app lets you search an image captured with your phone’s camera. Famous paintings, products and information on historic landmark can also be identified with this app.
MONITORING HEART RATE
Several new age smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and some other chinese smartphones have integrated in-built heart-rate monitors.
However, there are also apps compatible with a number of smartphones that allow you to measure your heart rate. Apps such as the Instant Heart Rate and Runtastic Heart Rate (both available for Android and iOS).
There you go. You can go ahead and try out these techniques… we’d love to hear back from you!