Multitasking is popular in the workplace, especially now that more busy parents work from home. People without children new to remote work face big distractions, too.
While research shows that multitasking doesn’t make you productive, let’s be real: Often, it’s impossible to avoid it while you’re trying to work. Bluetooth technology is one simple way to make multitasking at work more manageable.
When you multitask, you run into some problems. Chief among them is the fact that you only have two hands, and you can’t be in two places at once. Everyone knows about Bluetooth earbuds and speakers, but did you know that there’s a Bluetooth system for almost anything?
Whatever challenges you face multitasking or while using your hands, Bluetooth can solve. Take a look at these five exciting uses for Bluetooth technology that you may not have heard of.
1. Using Bluetooth Technology to Swap Files
This use of Bluetooth is common, but Bluetooth is talked about as an audio technology most of the time.
It’s possible that you aren’t familiar with Bluetooth file transfer because of that, or you’ve heard the name but don’t know anything about it. If that’s the case, you might be surprised to learn that Bluetooth file transfer software is pre-installed on any Bluetooth-enabled device.
Transferring files with Bluetooth is useful if you find yourself without the right cable and don’t want to upload the files to a server. It may also be a good option if you can’t transfer the file type through your usual methods or if the file is too large for an email.
2. Take Some Time to Reflect on Bluetooth
As our lives keep moving online, it’s a good time to stop and reflect on technology. If you want to do that in a literal way, LED Bluetooth mirrors are a great way to go.
You might already play music through your phone’s speakers while you shower, but now you can enhance the sound using your mirror! These smart mirrors combine the LED technology that captured the beauty world in recent years with Bluetooth speakers. They give you better audio quality and more volume than you can get from your phone.
You still need to have your phone in the bathroom and a WiFi connection for the feature to work well, but it ups your audio to near-surround sound quality. If you’ve ever wanted a concert in your bathroom, now’s the time to live your dream.
3. Smart Locks and Garage Door Openers
Once a sci-fi dream, smart houses are now a reality. If the idea appeals to you, one popular device is a keyless lock. These locks connect to your phone using Bluetooth and sometimes require WiFi as well. Once you’re connected, you can unlock your house using your phone or a remote.
There are garage door openers that work the same way. If you lose access to your phone or WiFi, you don’t need to worry. Most, if not all, smart lock manufacturers give you a manual key too.
Yet, smart devices always come with the danger that hackers could gain access.
This is a huge concern when it comes to things like locks and cameras. Bluetooth house locks are useful when you’re pushing someone’s wheelchair and need to open the door, but they’re also another way for tech-savvy thieves to get into your house. Some smart locks have fingerprint access to help prevent this, which adds more security but isn’t unhackable.
It would help if you keep security in mind when buying a Bluetooth lock, camera, or any other smart device.
Weigh the risks of the device against its benefits. Whether you take the risk is a personal choice: There’s no one right answer to the question of smart device security.
4. Use the Internet and Consume Less Power
Most of us have, at some time or another, found ourselves in a situation where we need to get on the internet but are out of data and can’t access WiFi. Tethering is a way you can share data with a friend to help each other get on the internet and a way to use your phone as a WiFi hotspot for your laptop.
You access the internet through data or WiFi, and that’s what you’re trying to do when you tether. So, it makes sense that the most common way to tether phones and laptops is over WiFi.
A little-known tip is that you can tether through Bluetooth, too. Even better, it consumes less power than tethering through WiFi does.
If you haven’t tried it, all you have to do to check it out is to go to your phone’s tethering menu in the settings app. There’s an option to tether with Bluetooth right next to the WiFi connection button.
5. Game on With Bluetooth TVs and Controllers
Another great use of Bluetooth is connecting your gaming consoles and controllers to each other and your TV.
Many smart TVs have Bluetooth and let you connect Bluetooth-enabled consoles and controllers. The Nintendo Wiimote and Sony’s PS3 controllers started using the technology years ago.
Bluetooth gamepads let you play with controllers on your computer with less hassle than comes with wired ones. Using Bluetooth instead of a USB connection means that you can be as dramatic as you want while taking out enemies. You don’t need to worry about pulling your laptop off its stand and onto the floor or ripping the controller out of your console during a boss battle.
Take Some Time to Better Your Home
Now you know that Bluetooth isn’t limited to headsets and portable speakers. These five interesting ways to use Bluetooth technology give you some ideas to make your life more convenient and modern.
After you finish exploring Bluetooth, why not move on to learning about other kinds of technology, home goods, and design tips? Everything you need to turn your house into your dream home is right here at your fingertips, so click on another article today!