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Repurpose Old Smartphones

With just a few tweaks, you can customise your old smartphone into a functional tool for your daily needs
By Tushar Kanwar | May 18, 2017

It’s a common scenario in many homes, that an old smartphone that is sitting unused in a drawer because a glitzy new model has replaced it. Just because it’s a couple of years old and isn’t the latest anymore, an old smartphone is still a handy minicomputer stuffed with all manners of working sensors, and a few simple steps will transform it into a functional tool that can complement your everyday life

Baby Monitor

Most baby monitor apps could well be security camera apps, but there are a few that also offer specific features which will appeal to parents looking for some quiet TV-time without having to worry about the baby waking up. Cloud Baby Monitor (iOS), for instance, not only offers live streaming video, but also supports two-way audio and music playback capabilities to lull the little one back to sleep. Dormi (android), on the other hand, does the usual audio/video streaming, but also listens to the ambient noise in a room and alerts you as soon as the baby wakes up and starts crying.

 

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