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Turn your smartphone into a metal detector

Turn your smartphone into a metal detector

Smartphones are great tools for both business and pleasure, as a plethora of handy apps is available right at our fingertips.

The possibilities are endless. Search for anything in the app store and it's guaranteed that some version of what you're looking for will pop up. "There really is an app for that," you'll think to yourself.

Try this one out for size. Say you're headed to the beach and you realize half way there you left your metal detector at home. Leave it to your smartphone to save the day! Believe it or not, one of the most unexpected things your smartphone can do is search for metal.

If you own an iPhone, download a free app called Metal Detector. This app taps into your phone’s built-in magnetometer, which helps your phone detect the X,Y, Z axes for certain objects. It uses the same components for the phone's built-in compass.

Accuracy is sometimes hit-or-miss, but don’t discredit this app’s ability. In order for it to work, simply open the app and point your phone’s camera toward a metal object and turn up the dial to increase the intensity.

Make sure the sound is on as well. It beeps more incessantly as it gets closer to the object, just like a real metal detector.

You’ll be surprised by the things it picks up. The app detects any metal that is magnetic.

If you don’t have an iPhone, a similar app (which is also called Metal Detector) can be downloaded for Android devices. Although these apps share the same name, they were created by different developers and have slight differences. Happy hunting!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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