A few days ago I left home without my cell phone. I've done that before, but it's usually when I'd only be gone a short time, so I've just sucked it up and gone without. This time, however, I'd be gone all day and then some. I was too far away to turn back when I realized my mistake, so I did what any normal person would do: I bought a new phone.
OK, maybe that's not entirely normal. But in fairness, I have been intending to replace my iPhone 5S within the year, and I really couldn't go all day and into the night without a phone, so I bought a brand new iPhone SE. That's all great and it definitely is a better phone and I'm glad I did it. But what to do with the 5S?
I could trade it in. It would be worth about $100, which did briefly tempt me, but then I remembered the Manything app and decided that turning that phone into a security camera was a better idea. Manything can trigger recording on detected motion and send video to its own servers, so I deleted all the other apps on the phone and configured Manything to do that.
But wait, there's more! Manything also works with IFTTT, and I already have a few lights connected there, so why not also turn on one of them when Manythingdetects motion? That took all of 30 seconds to set up.
There is a delay here - it takes more than a few seconds for the light to turn on, but for the intended purpose (and the cost), that's acceptable.