Smartphones have been on the market for more than a decade now, which means the quirky, “there’s an app for that,” joke has long since grown stale. However, app developers continue to find new and creative solutions to problems people never realized they had.
Back in 2010, most people were just excited to have a reliable camera and easy access to the web. Here in 2020, there’s so much more out there!
While all of these apps are useful in some way, some serve a more unique niche than others. Check out these 8 unusual but useful apps.
Roughly 65% of women and 57% of men admit to hitting the snooze button at least once in the morning. If you’re one of these people or if you’d like to add some accountability to your morning alarm, then consider the app Wakie.
Wakie is a wake-up call service where a complete stranger calls you and makes sure you are up. Having a real person call you is a great way to be accountable and skip the snooze button, but it’s also a friendly way to start your day.
Because sleep plays such a large role in effective leadership, you shouldn’t sleep on using an app like Wakie.
2. Way of Life
Are you trying to kick a bad habit or start a good one? Let Way of Life help.
This app is all about motivation and accountability. The app encourages you to set goals and then sets automatic reminders and follow-ups to see if you’re hitting your milestones.
For example, see if you can go for a short walk on your lunch break for 5 days in a row. If you make it, the app will celebrate with you. If you don’t, the app has a diary function so you can explain why. Did work stress you out? Did the rain keep you inside? You can identify trends and behaviors to stay right on track next time.
Do you find yourself walking around new cities for hours on end? Do you need to be outdoors throughout the day without access to amenities? If so, Flush is the app for you.
This app locates the nearest usable bathroom and boasts more than 190,000 public bathrooms in its database. Whether you need to stop in to freshen up before meeting a client or are in a pinch in an unfamiliar place, Flush can help.
While on the topic of bathroom breaks, you may also want to consider downloading RunPee. This app tells you the best part of a movie for a bathroom break, which is great if you’re the type of person who likes to indulge while at the movie theater.
You can even set an alert for each pee time, so you know to get up and use the bathroom without missing the most important scenes in the movie.
5. Drunk Locker
Are you prone to messaging your friends or exes after you have had a few drinks? Your drinking buddies can’t always be there for you and take the phone away, but technology can!
With Drunk Locker, you can block social media, email, and other messaging apps to keep you from posting and calling people when you aren’t sober.
This app is essential if you want a clean social media profile to land a job or if you manage multiple professional accounts and don’t want to accidentally post on the wrong one.
6. Zombies, Run!
Do you wish your life could be just like The Walking Dead? If so, then look no further than Zombies, Run! The concept is simple: tell the app how far you want to run or how long you want to run (or walk), then listen to the app as you exercise.
Listen to the story and collect supplies for your camp. When the zombies get closer, run faster or they will get you! This app plays over your music so you can keep your workout playlist going as you listen.
One of the coolest advances in technology over the past few years has been the adoption of machine learning in day-to-day apps. Robots can “look” at images and get information from them, helping us identify things and learn about the world around us.
One of the coolest apps for this is iNaturalist, an app that identifies flora and fauna and then places the image on a map.
For example, if you find a really cool insect in your backyard, snap a picture and send it to this app. You can identify the bug and read about its behavior. Plus, other app users can confirm the identification just to make sure the computer is accurate.
8. What the Forecast?!!
Do you like your weather forecast to come with profanity? What about dry sarcasm? If so, try What the Forecast?!!, an app that tells you the weather along with fun commentary. You can set the level of profanity you are comfortable with and even pick out the voice you want. If you’re mad that it’s going to rain, your weather reporter might as well be mad, too.
There are thousands of amazing apps with creative and sometimes-weird features. The ones above are the tip of the iceberg, with many others providing large and small solutions to everyday problems. So, if you’re struggling with something in your personal or professional life, there’s probably an app for it.