iPhone for Documenting Needed Information

Smartphone Monopod with iPhone - Water Meter on

Recently I discovered a couple of new uses for my iPhone in documenting things I want/need to remember.

One was to use the Voice Memo App for recording the “whooshing” sound being made in a toilet tank. So often noises we hear in our appliances or cars never seem to appear when we try to explain them to the repair people. It occurred to me if the sounds were recorded, they certainly could be shared with the service man when he came. As it turns out they were present when he was there and he could immediately see and show me what it was.  Nevertheless he was impressed with the recording.

The second actually relates to the first.

THE STORY – There had been an internal leak in the tank resulting in an unexpected large increase in the monthly water bill. The leak had actually consumed an additional 5000 gallons of water beyond customary usage.

Water Meter ClosedIn-Ground Opened Water Meter





Water Meter GaugeThis time, in order to have a meaningful conversation with a customer service person when I called the water company, I went out to my water meter to do a reading on the gauge.

I did not realize that only one of the two different dials was the meter for my home.  Concerned with how I’d remember the two sets of numbers by the time I got back into my house, I decided to pull the iPhone from my pocket, intending to type the numbers into a memo.

Then I realized it would be even simpler to use the iPhone camera to photograph the two dials. And, that’s exactly what I did, as I got down on my hands and knees to get clear pictures.

Back at my desk, I made note of the numbers. Then with three months of past invoices that I put into Evernote (process from web to note will be described in the next post), I was able to have an easy-to- understand and follow, satisfactory conversation with the rep.

When I went to gather images for this post, I decided it would be great to have a photograph showing the iPhone in action.  I did this with my iPad.  I could not figure out, though, how to manage getting down on my knees to replicate what I did for purposes of photographing with the iPad.

Then, while juggling the phone, switching hands to take pictures, I remembered I had a Smartphone Monopod that I could use to hold the phone steadier. This is what you see in the topmost photo here.

Ironically, I never thought to use the Monopod while doing the initial photos for the needed information when calling the Water Company Service department. How much easier it would have been!

What creative uses have you found for your SmartPhone? Please share with us in the “Leave a Reply … ” comments box below or send me an email at easyseniortechnology@gmail.com

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