Back in 2016 we posted a blog showing you how powerful your mobile phone is. We showed you some of the amazing ways that you could use your mobile phone. From putting up a shelf, to finding out what famous person you look like – some ways more practical than others.
Just a few years down the line we have decided to look at what your mobile phone can do in 2018.
Technology has advanced rapidly in just a few years, getting more powerful and being more integrated in our lives now than ever. With our love for our mobile phone stronger than ever, we cannot go a few minutes without checking it.
On average people check their phones 150 times per day and spend 177 minutes using them (Device Atlas)
68% of phone users say they check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up (Device Atlas)
Below we have picked a couple our favourite ways that you can use your mobile phone, along with a few fun ways.
It would probably be easier to list the things you couldn’t do with a mobile phone . . . That is, if there is anything you can’t do with your phone now!
Control your home
Gone are the days where you get home after a long day at work to a freezing house. Now you can turn your heating on from work using your mobile phone. Some of the other things you can do to your house whilst at work or out walking are:
Lock your front door – That’s right, forgot to lock your front door? A simple tap on your phone and it’s locked. No more worrying if you have locked the front door.
See who is at your door – There are apps that allow you to remotely see who is at your door when you are not in. Meaning you can tell the mail carrier to leave your parcel next door.
Turn on your lights – You can now turn on your lights using your smartphone. This does require smart lightbulbs, but it does mean you don’t have to get out of bed to turn the light off.
Pay at the till
No longer do you have to carry a wallet around with cash and all your cards in. With the majority of shops now taking contactless payments, you can now pay with your smartphone. Just add your cards to your phone via an app, and then swipe your phone at the till. Meaning you can pay for your groceries or a new pair of shoes with a simple tap of your smartphone.
Virtual reality has been around since the late 1900’s but it has really taken off in the past few years thanks to the power and capability of the smartphone. Now you can teleport to the movies, take a ride on a rollercoaster, or even relax on a sunny beach (weather not included) all using your mobile phone.
Alert you when your milk has gone off
Researches at MIT have developed a sensor that can be read by a smartphone. This can detect ammonia, cyclohexanone, hydrogen peroxide, and other gases. Meaning no longer do you have to pour yourself a glass of milk and get halfway through it before thinking something tastes odd.
Start your car
Just like you can do with your house, you can lock and unlock your car with your phone. And guess what, you can now start your engine with a simple tap on your smartphone. There is an app that can start your engine, heat up or cool down your car before getting in, and even locate where you have parked it.
Use your mobile phone on an airplane
Just 2 years ago you were not allowed to use your mobile phone on an airplane, something to do with the signal waves interrupting the planes computer and radio. Now most long-haul flights have built in WI-FI and they don’t mind you using your phone to watch movies or play games.
We already love our mobile phone more than anything else in the world, and with the sheer number of new things you can do on or with your mobile phone, we are sure that in only a matter of time, you will won’t need to carry anything else.