Your iPad can do a lot more than download songs and stream movies. You can also use it to control other gadgets. Here are 5 items you forgot you could control with an iPad.
Drones – For Ease of Spying on Your Friends
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If you like to play with remote control helicopters, then it’s time for you check out the world of drones. Some drones create their own wireless hotspots that let you control them with an iPad. Those with cameras will send the video feed to your iPad so you can send the drone out on short missions. Affordable drones make quite a bit of noise, so you won’t become a super-spy over night. But you can take the next step in your RC hobby.
Your Television – Replace Your Prehistoric Remote Control
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If you have a plan from DirectTVDeal.com, you can control your television with an iPad. This is actually one of the easiest ways to control your TV. The DirectTV app gives you everything from slow motion to DVR controls. Since you have the iPad’s large screen, you can see your options clearly. Instead of futzing around with a remote, you can use your touchscreen to watch your favorite movies and TV shows.
Home Appliances – Control Your Home’s Most Important Functions
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Want to turn on your dishwasher while you’re at work? Or maybe you want to turn up the heat before you head home in the evening. When you have the right appliances, the iPad lets you turn them on and off from anywhere with an Internet connection. That means you never have to worry about whether you turned the oven off before leaving home. You can just check it with your iPad.
Siemens has even developed iPad controls that let you view your home’s energy consumption stats. This could help you lower your bills and decide what energy-devouring appliances you might want to replace.
Sphero – Take Care of Your Digital Pet
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Sphero is an electronic pet, but it offers much more than those old Tamagotchi key chains. The Sphero gives you plenty of entertaining options. Its spherical design and waterproof shell make it great for playing games. You can use your iPad to run the Sphero through obstacle courses or have fun with your pets. The gaming system comes with 20 apps that lets you use your iPad to play games in the real world, not just online.
Security System – Protect Your Home With the Touch of a Finger
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Several security companies have developed systems that owners can operate with their iPads and other mobile devices. The iZon is one simple, cost-effective device that doesn’t require much installation. It streams audio and visual over the Internet to your iPad. Use the iPad to switch cameras so you get a full view of your home or business. As long as you have access to the Internet, you can use your iPad to take control of your security system.
What other cool gadgets have you used an iPad to control? Have you found that some work better than others?
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