Make the most of your old devices
Save money on technology by repurposing it
There’s one obvious downside to our fascination with gadgets: obsolescence.
Just when we start to get used to our new purchase — be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or television — it seems there’s a better one around the corner.
Instead of ditching your older products, why not find another use for them?
Here are three ways your tech can do double-duty and save you money:
1. Surveillance camera
Use your old phone or tablet as a Wi-fi-enabled security camera.
Just install one of the free apps that use your device’s camera.
Leave it plugged in, turned on and pointed at something you want to keep an eye on. Now, from your newer phone or tablet, you can see what your older device sees, or set up motion alerts so you’ll be notified of any movement.
2. Universal remote
Why spend hundreds of dollars on a touchscreen universal remote when you’ve got a perfectly good smartphone or tablet that can do the trick?
Many phones and tablets have an IR (or “infrared”) blaster to control your home theatre out of the box. Even if yours doesn’t, many new Smart TVS, internetconnected Blu-ray players and media boxes support remote apps for your device.
3. Alarm clock
Smartphones and tablets are also great as high-tech alarm clocks.
Simply download one of the many alarm clock apps, prop up your device on your bedside night table and leave it there as your main alarm clock.
Not only can you set the alarm and adjust the font size, colour and style, but you can also have custom information shown on the screen, such as the news or weather.
Consider holding onto your old phone and using it as a high-tech alarm clock.