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Feb 13

5 innovative uses for a tablet

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Now that you have a tablet, you may have wondered how you ever lived without one. You use it for browsing the Internet, streaming music, email, watching movies, and countless other daily activities, no doubt. However, there are a number of other cool and innovative uses for a tablet that you may not have considered yet. Here are few awesome ways that they can be utilized.

As a remote control for your TV

No more worrying about misplacing the remote once you download an app that lets you use your tablet as one. Since you’ll have your tablet with you anyway, why not? In addition to letting you scroll through the channels, some apps will even inform you about programming and set reminders for your favorite shows.

As easy entertainment for the kids while traveling

Say goodbye to bored, screaming children. Say goodbye to your bulky portable DVD player. With a tablet in tow, you can download movies and games to keep the kiddos entertained for hours on long trips. Just make sure you have a protective case and screen cover to safeguard the tablet from clumsy hands.

As your portable library

Textbooks can be really expensive (and really heavy), so it makes a lot of sense to use your tablet to house and read e-books—especially if you’re a student. The pages are easy to search and navigate, and you can still take notes in the digital margin or use a highlighter function. There are also sometimes links to online or multimedia features. E-textbooks also cost less than print books—often half the price or less.

To order in restaurants

More and more restaurants are now supplying customers with tablets at the table that they can use to order and pay. There are some tablets that have been designed specifically for this purpose, with a longer battery life, rugged design, and built-in credit card readers.

To check your vital signs

Not to be replaced with an actual health care professional, there are a number of tablet apps (such as the Philips Vital Signs Camera) that can measure heart rate and breathing rate, just by using the camera. The app’s software tracks the movement of your chest and slight changes in skin color to pull these statistics. You can even measure two people’s heart rates at once. New favorite party activity?

What’s do you use your tablet for? Let us know in the comments.


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