9 things you didn't know your iPhone or Android could do

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Refill prescriptions, pay taxes and check up on your child.

It sounds like a "To Do" list for your day off but did you know you can do all those things with your phone?

In the constantly changing world of smartphones, it seems your phone can be the hottest thing in the store one day and out of date the next.

WTVM has found 9 unique and handy apps to share with our viewers.

Coming in at #9 on our list is Red Laser, an app that helps you find the best prices when you're shopping. It scans the barcode of the item you're looking to buy and searches for low online and local prices from hundreds of thousands of retailers. If you need it quick and in a hurry, it'll tell you where the closest store is.

Red Laser App

Number 8 is an app called The Daily Burn. Local photographer John Pyle has been using it to track his diet.

"It allows me to record the amount of calories that I'm taking in each day. I hit the track nutrition and there's the bar code scan which pulls up the camera. All I have to do is find the bar code on the box, hold it next to it and it scans it. It'll tell me the nutrition facts about it. I can add that, what meal I ate it at, the serving size and it will record the food and keep up the entire day so at the end of the day, I can see my total calories consumed, amount of protein, fat and amount of carbs," Pyle explained.

The Daily Burn App

Number 7 is another fitness-related app called Heart Fitness. Larry Taghon, owner of local Apple store Graphicom in Columbus, showed us how it works.

"As I move my finger across the flash, the flash lights up my finger and the camera measures the pulse rate. It'll take 30 seconds to do the measurement and when it's done, it'll give us a chart here. It'll show us our fitness level. Luckily, I'm average," Taghon said.

Heart Fitness App

Coming in at #6 is iAlcohol Lite, an app that allows you to track your blood alcohol level. If you type in your height, weight and how much you've had to drink, it will give you a guess about how long it will be before it's safe for you to drive.

iAlcohol Lite

At #5 is eReader. You can download the Kindle app on an iPhone or an Android phone. You can buy books or download thousands of free books. Another perk-if you already have a Kindle, it syncs with your phone app. You can read your books on your phone or on your Kindle.


Lost or stolen phone? Number 4 is for you! It is called Find My iPhone. If your car or home is broken into and your phone is stolen, it will tell you its location. You might even be able to find the thief.

"It's not only for people who lose their phones. I guess it could be used if you wanted to find out where your daughter was or your spouse possibly. Put the information for her iPhone and find out if they're really where they tell you they are," Taghon said as he demonstrated the app.

Find My iPhone

Number 3 could keep you from getting a speeding ticket. The app is called Trapster. You can get it on an iPhone or an Android phone. It alerts you as you approach speed traps, dangerous intersections, check points or known locations of officers.


Number 2 helps you out when you leave your tape measure at home. It is called Aim@ and it allows you to measure things with your phone.


And our #1 app allows you to look in on your most precious possessions. It's called Air Cam and it lets you view a live video feed from your computer's web cam directly on your phone.

Need a baby monitor? Set up your web cam in the baby's bedroom and check on them without stepping into the room. It's also picks up sound in case they start to cry.

On top of that, it can be used as a surveillance system when you're away from home, giving you a live view of pets and even roommates.

Air Cam

All of these apps are available on both the iPhone and android phone, some under slightly different names.

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