5 Things You Didn't Know Your Smartphone Could Do

Yes, smartphones have become a part of our lives. We can't live without them. But do you really know what they're capable of doing and what they can do? Here are 5 things: 

1) Smartphones powering satellites
In February, a Google Nexus One went into orbit - not in an astronaut's pocket, but as the brains of the STRaND-1 satellite. 
A joint project between the University of Surrey's Space Centre and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, the smartphone-powered "nanosatellite" will run experimental apps to collect data from space.

Source: techradar.com 

2) Do you know that the present mobile phones have more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 to land on the moon? 
3) Did you know that you could upgrade your smartphone on your own, using developer options? With 3D interfaces? Not everyone can avail of it easily, you'll have to activate it with an app. With this, you'll probably be going out of the company services or so, basically it's like buying a bike and remodelling it on your own!  
4) Did you know that Smartphones can save the rainforests? 
Detecting chainsaws may sound like a novelty app, but it's a serious business: in Indonesia, the non-profit organisation Rainforest Connection wants to use donated Android phones to detect illegal logging. 
As New Scientist reports: "The phones are outfitted with solar panels specifically designed to take advantage of the brief periods when light reaches the forest floor. Their microphones stay on at all times, and software listens for the telltale growl of a chainsaw, which triggers an alert."

Source: techradar.com 

5) Did you know that smartphones can be used as metal detectors? 
The magnetometers built into many Android smartphones have surprisingly beneficial applications: as Medgadget explains, "Imagine having a metal detector handy when you, as an emergency physician, have an unconscious patient come in and you need to know whether he has an implant."
The sensors aren't strong enough for distance work but it's a good start, isn't it? 


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