The Smartphone Toolkit
Our smartphones are…incredibly smart. But they have been with us for years now and so it’s a little difficult to be wowed by them anymore. We take these pocket supercomputers for granted – and just whine when they take that extra second to magically summon information (or kitten videos) from the other corner of the world. But these devices still can surprise us now and then thanks to the creative apps that people keep coming up with.
Here we have put together 5 apps, that can actually turn your smartphone into a half decent toolbox. Note: This doesn’t mean you can hammer in nails with it.
A flashlight? I can see you roll your eyes – these have been a part of even the lowly Nokia 1100 – the equivalent of single cell creatures in the smartphone evolution. But this app isn’t your old torchlight. Its got lots of bells and whistles – like lighting up your screen – in vivid colours, or pulsing the flashlight, and sending messages in Morse Code. .. … -. .—-. – / – …. .- – / -.-. — — .-.. ..–..
The next time you need to read the really fine print in an instruction booklet, you won’t need to borrow a magnifying glass from Mr Holmes next door. Just download this magnifier app – and you are good to go. Caution: May not work with fingerprints.
Ever need to measure something small….like a coin or a screw? The smart ruler app is a must-have. Just place the item on your screen, and pinch your fingers for an accurate measurement. Easy peasy!
If you are hanging a frame or assembling furniture you must be sure that it is level. Carpenters always carry a spirit leveller with them for this reason. This spirit level app uses the gyroscope sensors in your phone and provides you with a 2 axis leveller. Keep the bubbles in the centre – and you can be sure that you have assembled the table just right.
You can’t always carry a measuring tape with you for emergencies, can you? Well – actually you can. Many modern phones including iPhones and Android now support Augmented Reality based measurement. Click here to know if your phone supports this really handy feature and the next time you go furniture shopping – you don’t have to wonder if that cupboard would fit in your kitchen.
Next time you are hunting for the lost screw, nail, or coin on the floor, consider using a metal detector. Yes! This app uses the compass in your phone to convert it into a very useful metal detector. It’s not very powerful – but can be very useful. Remember – this won’t work with all metals – just magnetic ones like steel, iron, and nickel.
A paid PPT hack at a large cubicle farm by day, Vikram is that guy in every group who people turn to when they need honest opinions on life and tech. Unfortunately they also get honest opinions on life, tech, and a whole lot more when they are turning the other direction, with their fingers in their ears and screaming ‘nanananananana’. Yeah! The world needs more of him – he seems to think so. He is on Twitter as @TheVikramMohan and blogs very infrequently at vixdom.wordpress.com