A camera phone is a mobile phone which is able to capture photographs. Most camera phones also record video. The first camera phone was sold in 2000 in Japan, a J-Phone model, although some argue that the SCH-V200 and Kyocera VP-210 Visual Phone, both introduced months earlier in South Korea and Japan respectively, are the first camera phones. Taking pictures is the most used feature of smartphones and lots of people think that’s where the use of the camera ends in a mobile phone, not knowing that there are lots of amazing things a camera embedded in a device can do. Below are list of ten useful things you can do with your smartphone camera apart from snapping pictures;
1. Barcode Scanner
Your phone’s camera can be used to scan barcodes in order to get the information written on it, Since anything programmed into it, is always not visible for the naked eyes to see, but can only be known through the use of any barcode scanner app controlled by the camera. If you are using WhatsApp web on your PC, you must have come across the point where you will be asked to scan your barcode, in order for you to access and use your Whatsapp chat on PC.
So, whenever you have any multiple lines of marks just in the form of several straight lines together, just use your barcode scanner app to scan the lines.
2. Detecting Hidden Cameras
Hope you know that there are hidden CCTV spy cameras in some many hotel rooms? You can simply use your phone camera to figure out the particular spot and where the camera is mounted especially in dark rooms. Just take a shot in a dark room, if the picture shows signs of rays of light, then there’s a camera in the room. This is not just applicable to hotel rooms only, but any other dark place with surveillance camera.
3. Language Translator
With your phone’s camera, you can translate the language in the form of text and symbol that seems to appear strange to you. And you can achieve that with your phone’s camera and with the help of Google translator app for is meant for all Android and iOS devices. The translation works this way;
Once you have the Google translator installed on your device and you come across any language in the form of text or symbol which was written in anywhere, maybe on the wall, sign board, paper or book. Just launch the Google app translator and click the camera icon in the app. Now, your camera should start scanning while you place it where you want it to scan and translate probably the text. Then, the Google app while translating the text uses optical character recognition (OCR) to automatically interpret what you want to translate. That’s it, although it is not perfect but try it, it will surprise you. This can be very easier than the Google translator that requires you to type in your text before it can interpret it.
4. Look to the Stars
While few of us can ever boast to be blessed with the same sort of abilities as Brian Cox or Sir Patrick Moore, we can still revel in all that the stars have to offer from the comfort of our own homes (or gardens, anyway) thanks to apps like Star Chart and Google SkyMap.
Using AR, they allow you to point your phone skywards at night and get a fascinating overview of all those little lights. SkyMap gives you the names of stars and tells you where to point your phone to see certain planets. You’ll feel like a Greek god in no time.
5. Solving Mathematics Problems
If you are the type of student that find it difficult to understand or solve math problems, you can make use of your phone camera to perform the wonders with the help of an app called “Photomath“. The app is good for students to use when solving any related math problem. You can as well go for it.
6. Play Augmented Reality Games
Augmented reality in phones has been around for some time now and tools like AR translation apps are great, but nobody ever seems to show you how to use the technology for fun. That shouldn’t stop you using your phone’s ability to play augmented reality games though – no matter where you are.
There are plenty of them about, like SpecTrek – the game where you search for virtual ghosts using a map and then shoot them down when you find them. Or there’s Zombies, Run! where you have to get from A to B on a map, avoiding those pesky flesh eaters en route. Enjoy the game as your phone’s camera delivers the service.
7. Use in Visual Search
With your mobile phone camera, you can be able to search Google with pictures or images, instead of going by typing text. This can be educational and fun catching. There are several search apps that can allow you to snap a picture using your phone’s camera and after that, they enable the picture to be used in searching on Google search instead of text. For example, you might snap a device probably, a handset or laptop and search it on Google. The result of the search engine would be on the available details/information of the snapped product. Also, you snap a photo of a tourist attraction, and search it, the result will be out displaying the center for the tourist, location, and much more related information.
8. Serve as Mirror
This is common, use of phone camera especially among the female folks. You see them constantly checking their face and makeups using their phone camera.
9. Check Electronic Remote Control
Another important use of your phone Camera is to check if a remote control is functioning. To do this, just let the remote control of your TV, DVD or decoder etc, face your camera, then press any button on the remote controller and you will see a dull red light blinking as you press the keys. This is made possible because the camera lens detects infrared beams which remote controllers makes use of. So before concluding that your remote battery is dead or the remote is faulty, use your camera to run a simple test.
10. Serve As a Security Component
Do you have an old camera phone that you are not using anymore? Do you have more than one camera devices? The truth is, you can use your phone camera for surveillance and security purposes just like CCTV.