Bored with the latest apps in your app store? Lately it’s hard to find something new and original to add to your mobile collection. Luckily we have found a few for you, that are not only just cool, but have an interesting (and sometimes entertaining) purpose. Most of these are available for both Android and iPhone devices and range in price. So, kick off your weekend with some video editing, app building, or just a little star gazing. Whatever you prefer, it’s time to summon your inner geek and check these out.
This app allows people to shoot video from separate phones and splice it into a single video, potentially offering a 360-degree view of the event. While it’s relatively new and all the kinks haven’t been quite ironed out just yet, the potential is pretty amazing. Some day not far from now, Vyclone (or something similar) will likely provide us with full, all-angle views of notable events like concerts, newsworthy events, and more.
2. Metal Detector
This app takes the standard native features of your phone and turns them into a metal detector. However, it cannot detect nonferrous metals, such as aluminum, copper, and zinc. Not as powerful as a metal detector designed specifically for the purpose, the Metal Detector app is a fun app to play around with at parties and such.
This app is like a baby step toward smart cars (smart as in, drive itself, not smart as in electric). Like the Metal Detector app, it combines features built into the phone and delivers an app that is supposed to make driving easier and safer. It works like a combination GPS, black box (like in an airplane), and driving advisor, flashing a red light to alert you of danger. It can even help you find your car in a crowded parking lot. This app would be particularly helpful in proving your case after an auto accident, much like a dash cam.
This unique app uses the vibrating feature of your phone to rotate itself around, capturing a 360-degree view. It works with the camera and is capable of shooting either video or still photos. Cycloramic was one of the innovations featured on the hit show Shark Tank and was funded by investor and show star Mark Cuban.
If you can’t stop working with geeky stuff even after work, Aide might be just the app for you. It allows you to develop Android apps right on your Android device. You can even test your development efforts right on your phone.
Do you wish you could fix your own gadgets and devices when something goes wrong? This app lets you do just that — or at least gets you started. iFixit is a free app that gives you instant access to how-to manuals written by other users. Just beware: you have no way to verify that the instructions are accurate or are even safe to do, and some repairs or changes could void the warranty of your device. Use at your own risk.
7. Sky Map
If you are an astronomy buff, the Sky Map app helps you locate stars, constellations, and other notable things in the sky. All you have to do is point the phone at the sky and let the app do the navigation for you.
What are your favorite geeky apps?
About Danielle Livy
Danielle is the Senior Director, Marketing at Samanage. She has wide-ranging experience in content production, social media marketing, public relations, and brand messaging. Her happy place is sitting by the lake with a cold beverage in hand, with the occasional water ski session.
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