Your smartphone camera offers much more than meets the eye
According to the Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey 2016: The Australian Cut eighty four percent of Australians have a smartphone.
At the same time, three quarters of Australians are now on a 4G network. As we feed our appetite for data, we’re increasingly outsourcing our brain data directly to our smartphone. Your smartphone camera is much, much more than a way to snap photos while you’re on the go. Here are just some of the grey matter respite features your smartphone camera can look after for you.
Need to scan and email a document? Forget about the bulky scanners of years gone by. You can simply take a photo of each page of your document and email it straight from your smartphone image gallery. Alternatively download a cloud storage app with a scannable feature, such as Evernote or Google Drive, and you’ve just gained an entire filing cabinet to store every aspect of your life in – accessible straight from your smartphone. It is almost like outsourcing your brain!
Price check please
Your smartphone camera also doubles as a barcode reader or QR code scanner. Embedded in that little black and white square or rectangle is a link to a whole heap of information about individual products or services. Once you download a bar code or QR scanning app, you can perform your own price check or product enquiry. Metal QR plaques are even making their way onto tombstones, so people can scan the QR code to link to information about a deceased person’s life!
Never forget where you parked your car again
In your smartphone camera’s settings, you’ll find an option to tag every photo you take with information including time, date and location (this is often referred to as geo-tagging). So the next time you park your car in a super sized car parking complex or an unfamiliar location, all you need to do is take a photo of your surrounds. Taking photos of street signs or other landmarks can be helpful.
Create your home contents insurance inventory
Thanks to the geo-tagging feature we mentioned earlier, every single time you make a significant home contents purchase – such as a new television, or a valuable piece of jewellery – you simply take a photo of the asset, along with a photo of the receipt. Send the images straight to a ‘Home Contents’ folder that you’ll set up in your cloud storage app - such as Google Drive; Dropbox, Evernote or your smartphone brand’s own cloud storage app. Better still, set up sub folders for each room of your house! Don’t forget to update your insurance company too. If you are ever in the unfortunate situation of having to make an insurance claim, having all your details stored in the one spot will help smooth out many bumps.
In an emergency situation alert primary loved ones to give visual (and audio) cues of your location
In the ‘Settings’ menu of your smartphone, look for a section called ‘Safety’ or ‘Send Help Messages’. On most smartphones – both iPhones and Androaid - pressing the power key quickly 3 times, will send a quick alert to your primary contact or contacts (make sure to set this up using the ‘Settings’ of your smartphone). Your contact will be sent a sound byte from your location; a few images from your phone’s camera and location details if GPS is enabled in your settings. Test it out but make sure you warn your primary contact first! For more information on emergency help via your smartphone, read the article ‘How to set up your smartphone to save your life.’
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