Most smartphones today have a camera with sharp lenses and dynamic features. The ability to click some amazing pics using our camera has led to a dramatic increase of images on social networking sites. There is no surprise then that we do not have to carry a stand-alone camera even if we’re on vacation. However, the usage of ever improving camera in the phones has now gone beyond just clicking selfies and pics of our friends at an event. It’s because our smartphones have an added advantage over regular cameras in the form of apps.
Here are some amazing things you can do with your phone’s camera, which can be converted into a powerful tool with the help of advanced apps.
Conduct image-based searches
A couple of Android & iOS apps can help you search for information using images instead of words. All you need is to snap a photo and upload it to the app. The app runs through the image and identifies what’s in the picture. Once done, it will generate search results that consist of a list of similar images. Depending on the quality and clarity of the image you use to make the search, the apps usually make a good guess and can be mostly accurate. As you keep using them, your idea about Internet searches is bound to take a whole new meaning.
Capturing visual information
There are situations when you look at an object and want to inquire about it, but aren’t sure about its name. Of course, you can search it on the internet. But, using a text-based search, you can type what it looks like and what it can be used for. The results you may get can be wage and or incorrect. However, there are few apps that can help you figure out the object by just clicking its image with your smartphone. You only have to do open the app and click on the camera icon at the end of the search box. The app will match your image with similar once and show the results with the names of the object. Thus, you can find what you’re looking for with ease.
Enhancing e-shopping experience
Major online stores are using the smartphone’s camera to create a whole new shopping experience for the users. For instance, the e-retailing giant’s app gives a whole new spin to the process of checking the products before you buy them. It has futuristic AR stickers that enable you to place the virtual objects into your surroundings using your phone’s camera and see how it feels. As an example, you can put the virtual image of a vase next to your sofa and see if it looks right before you buy. Moreover, you can also use your camera to scan the shipping label on the package and find out what’s inside without opening it.
Translating a foreign language
Traveling in a foreign country can be a bit difficult if you do not know to speak or read the local language. However, with the amazing apps like the Google Translate you just don’t have to worry as all you need is a working camera in your smartphone. The app’s exceptionally smart instant camera translation feature can magically change the text in on your phone’s screen to the language you understand. You just have to start the app, tap on the camera icon, and point it to what you’re trying to translate, and you see the text getting translated instantly. Moreover, it works in 38 different languages, so you have a very long list to choose from, and become a much more confident as a traveler.
Solving math problems
Simple Arithmetic, as we know, is not always simple. Adding, subtracting or multiplying two multiple-digit numbers usually requires us to pull out our calculators. However, we now have our smartphone to do it. Of course, you can use the inbuilt calculator in your phone, but it’s the camera that can make things much easier. All you have to open the app that can perform math calculations by scanning the numbers through the camera. Next, you can point the camera’s lens at an equation and you will get the answer in a jiffy. The app can also show you the steps it took to conclude the answer. Moreover, it can also read your hand-writing. So, next time you want to confirm the answer to a complex equation, you can write it down and let the app find you the solution.