The most obvious use that one puts the shooter on a smartphone to is taking pictures. That aside, there are several ways that you can utilize that piece of hardware. Consider it as an input device that, with the help of right apps can be very productive. Take a look at 5 clever tasks that you can accomplish with your smartphones camera.
Apps like Google Goggles and several others let you search by simply pointing your camera module at an object. You can visually search anything from QR codes, landmarks to paintings and even movie posters. Just launch the app and point your camera at whatever it is that you want to know more about.
Look At Products and Buy Them Online
With those million pixels attached to your camera you can simply scan the barcodes on products and search and buy them online. Agreed that there are lot of benefits buying a product in person but buying online is many a times cheaper.
Translate Foreign Language
Whether its the fact that you are in foreign land or you have a foreign language assignment to finish, apps like Google translate don’t require you to enter the text but you can choose to just use the camera. The translator scans the text and translates whatever it is into the language of your understanding.
Optical Character Reader (OCR)
The optical camera on your smartphone can also be used as an OCR to scan receipts, recipe or other documents. These apps scan the image and covert it into searchable into pdf’s. Compared to a traditional scanner, this method is much quicker if not as great in quality.
With augmented reality apps your smartphones shooter captures images and modifies it based on the apps understanding. i.e. it places objects in the image that aren’t actually present.
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