Old phone or iPad? How you can revive them

Old iPhone or iPad? Revive Them Now

Many of us have a box at home filled with old gadgets and bits of technology that don't necessarily even work anymore. But there's no need to leave them languishing, because some of these bits and pieces can be revived.

Take the old Samsung Galaxy S4, or even the original iPad, there's a chance you can make it a part of your life again, and save yourself some money at the same time.

Even if your phone and tablet is so old that nobody will even take it as a present, here are five things you can do to give it new life.

1. Travel phone

Turn your old handset into an international phone that you take on holiday with you. Unlock your phone from the network it was bought with and then you can use local sim cards when you get to your destination, saving on potentially huge overseas data roaming fees.

2. Security system

Avoid paying for an elaborate CCTV system and just buy a tripod or something that can hold your phone. This means you can set your phone to record and have a cheap and easy way of knowing what's going on in your own home.

3. Picture frame

Your old iPad may not be up to much these days and if that's the case then chances are that you've already bought yourself a new one. Why not make use of the old one as a fun alternative to a picture frame. Set it to slideshow mode and make a folder of your favourite photos: this way you can enjoy them all day long.

4. Second monitor

There are plenty of apps out there that allow you to connect your iPad to your laptop and use it as a second screen. Not only will this save you money on buying a new monitor, but it's much easier to transport too.

5. Kitchen helper

Do you have lots of pieces of paper lying around in the kitchen with scraps of recipes on? Get rid of the hassle and load them all up onto your iPad. Buy yourself a stand for your tablet and you can get to work on your cooking skills right away! Even better - you can follow YouTube tutorials with new recipes too!

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For those days when you can’t beat a game of ping pong but can’t be bothered to bring the table down from the loft, why not try the ping pong door from Tobias Fräenzel?

It’s a fully-functioning door, but when you need a spot of pinging and ponging you can flip it down to form a table.  Houzz.com has it on offer for 990 euros. Just don't ask how people get through the doorway while you're playing.

Some people think that babies are nothing but hard work, and that you spend your life clearing up after them. But those people haven’t discovered the baby mop - a baby-gro with cleaning pads attached, so your loved one can clean as he or she crawls. It’s never to early to have them do their bit around the house. The baby-gro is on sale at Firebox.com for £29.99

Strolling around with a baby in a buggy is all very well and good, but what if you're tired of strolling, or you're in a hurry?

If you need to speed things up then inventor Valentin Vodev has the answer, with the scooter/buggy hybrid. So far the prototype is not on the market, but surely it can only be a matter of time.

Just think of all those hours you wasted making paper planes by folding them. Now you can cut the process down to less than a second with this paper plane gun, which makes the planes inside and fires them for you.

The gun itself was made with the genius of one man and the aid of a 3D printer, and it’s going to change the world of paper planes forever - once it gets beyond the prototype stage.

It's one of life's great questions. How can you carry an umbrella and a cup of coffee - and still be able to open doors?

Step forward the umbrella cup holder from Korea, with a nifty cup holder in the handle of the brolly that will leave your other hand spare for the other great challenges in life.

Eating lunch at your desk is never a delight. However, when you’ve packed a salad or soup and no cutlery it can make the whole process into a lunchtime nightmare.

Fortunately some clever soul has invented the ink pen cap eating utensils. Just keep them in your drawer, attach the knife, fork or spoon head to your pen, and you have a brilliant eating utensil.

Just don't ask why you can't just keep plastic cutlery in your drawer instead.

For anyone who has ever wondered where their pet goes all day - or whose animal has a habit of wandering off - fear not because now you can track it.

The G-Paws GSP tracker fits on their collar so that no matter where they roam, you can easy track them down. Firebox.com also points out it’s handy for tracking a trail of destruction, or for keeping tabs on your dog walker too.

Are you sick of your packed lunch going missing from the office fridge? Well those horrors could soon be a thing of the past with the theft deterrent sandwich bags.

For just $4.99 you can get a plastic sandwich bag with fake mould printed onto it. Those green splodges will mean that no matter how light-fingered your colleagues are, they’ll keep their hands off your lunch.

You might have thought that dogs are capable of getting wet and just shaking it off, but if you're worried that your pampered pooch is suffering, you can invest in a dog umbrella.

These are held by the owner, with an upside-down shade to hold over your dog in inclement weather. These bargains are available for $8.99 on Amazon.com.

Have you ever wondered who these people are with the time and patience to make their own sushi? Well now you can be one of them - but without the time and patience - because the sushi bazooka will make it for you.

Just load the gun with the rice and top with your filling, then seal it and squeeze. The sushi gun will then fire out a perfectly formed sushi roll. Your eating habits will be transformed for just £19.99 from Firebox.com

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