Mobile phone cameras can now be used for a lot more than just clicking images and recording videos. Let’s see what all you can do with your smartphone camera
While writing down information is always handy, there are occasions when one simply does not have the time to do so.
At such times, simply open a handy application, such as Evernote, take a photograph of whatever you wanted to write about-a presentation slide, a document, a building-and just add a little note to it. Evernote automatically uploads your snapshots to the Evernote server, creating a useful archive.
Apps to try: Evernote (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows phone) and Spingpad (iPhone, Android)
A business meeting inevitably leads to the exchange of a number of business cards. However, we rarely take the effort to save all these contact details in our phones. But now, you can input the details of a visiting card into your phone by simply taking a picture of it, thanks to some apps.
So, if you have a smart phone, you will never need to type in contact details again.
Apps to try: WorldCard Mobile (iPhone and Android) and Business Card Reader (BlackBerry)
Imagine being a stranger in a new city or country and not knowing what the building in front of you is called or wanting to find out the nearest cafe. Well, GPS and maps on your handset can help you find a way but in most cases, cannot identify something that is in front of you.
But if you have an augmented reality browser installed on your phone, all you need to do is point your phone’s camera at a place to get information about it.
You can get it identified and even read reviews, if any, of it. Social-networking obsessed people can even find out who is using Twitter and tweeting what in the vicinity.
Apps to try: Wikitude (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows phone) and Layar (iPhone, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry)
App to try: DocScanner (iPhone, Android, Symbian)
But nothing beats clicking on the signboard of a restaurant to get reviews about it or scanning a book’s barcode to get pricing details and, depending on the app you use, even the nearest location from where you can grab a copy.
Apps to try: ShopSavvy (iPhone) and Google Goggles (iPhone, Android)
This is where your phone’s camera can come to your rescue. There are applications that let you take pictures of contacts and automatically record the location where you met them to help you better remember people, adding places and faces to names. Sounds tricky? Yes, it will take some getting used to, but take our word for it, it is very handy.
There are not too many apps in this category right now, but given its utility, we are sure it will catch on soon.
Apps to try: Evernote Hello (iPhone)