There have been a number of recent stories demonstrating how the iPhone's capabilities seem to be endless. This is one of the things that has contributed largely to the rapid adoption of smartphones: Because of apps, these devices can be made to do so many different things and thus be used for a wide variety of purposes.
The iPhone revolutionizes hearing
A recent Business Weekly article reported that University of Essex researchers have developed a free mobile app that can turn an iPhone or an iPod into a hearing aid.
“Unlike standard hearing aids that simply amplify all sounds, the BioAid app is inspired by biology and replicates the complexities of the human ear,” writer Tony Quested explained.”It puts the user in control, is available to anyone, anywhere without the need for a hearing test, and potentially holds the key to a future where tiny, phone-based hearing aids can be dispensed and adjusted remotely.”
The BioAid app, which is available on iTunes, was developed by Professor Ray Meddis of Essex's Department of Psychology, Nick Clark, a former research officer in the department, and Dr. Wendy Lecluyse of University Campus Suffolk. All these researchers indicated that they believe BioAid's unique features will have a dramatic impact on the future of hearing devices, especially as smartphone technologies continue to advance.
The iPhone's foray into bionic limb replacements
If you thought the iPhone controlled hearing aid was amazing, another recent story from the U.K news source Metro will really make your jaw drop. Contributor Paul McMillan reported that 16-year-old Patrick Kane, who lost his left hand when he became ill with meningitis, has now been fitted with a bionic replacement that can be controlled with an iPhone.
Kane recently gave a demonstration of his new i-limb in action. The device was created by Scottish manufacturer Touch Bionics. The mobile app allows Kane to activate 24 different pre-set grips, and the limb is so sensitive that it can be used to play sports, type on a computer, tie shoelaces or lift weights at the gym. Ian Stevens, chief executive of Touch Bionics, told Metro that i-limb provides amputees or wearers “unparalleled dexterity and control,” allowing many to significantly increase their quality of living.
“I can operate it using my iPhone 5,” Kane said at his demonstration. “There's nothing it can't do.”
These stories serve to demonstrate just how much an iPhone is capable of doing. These cases emphasize just how important it can be to keep devices functioning. IResQ's iPhone repair services are always here to help get your phone working again, whether you are using it to control your bionic limb, to hear or to check all the latest status updates on Facebook.