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10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your Tablet

It's so much more than just a bathroom device.

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1. Tour the most famous museums.

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You may have seen large touchscreens like the one at the Cleveland Museum of Art, but your tablet unlocks many of the same features. Museums all over the world offer virtual tours through rich, intuitive apps — the perfect way to enrich your gallery visit.

2. Mix and record music.

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This isn't your run-of-the-mill keytar. Apps like Music Maker Jam and StageLight grant you full access to the mixing console. With features including lessons, unlimited tracks, and hundreds of loops, you can record your next song anywhere.

3. Illustrate and edit photos on the go.

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For a while, artists and illustrators found themselves shackled to the monitor in their studio — but because of new photo editing apps like PhotoDirector, photographers everywhere can finally tweak their masterpieces on the go for the very first time.

4. Tether with your DSLR camera.

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Everyone has a photography fan page, and it's no question that affordable DSLRs have contributed to their popularity — but those tiny LCD screens could be better. Try tethering your tablet with your camera for a more intuitive shooting experience.

5. Paint and animate with a projector.

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Transform that drab wall into a dynamic canvas by building your own Tagtool, a live art instrument that links your tablet with your projector. The best part is, Tagtool is fully collaborative; an illustrator creates images while an animator, well, moves them.

6. Unlock augmented reality.

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The future is here! Apps like Layar allow tablet users to view print content invisible to the human eye. Earlier this year, a London department store transformed into an augmented reality showcase, with 3D models that could only be seen with tablets.

7. Boss around your robot.

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Yes, changing the channel is pretty neat, but your tablet can control a lot more than your TV — like, oh, let's say a robot. You don't need to be a giz whiz to pilot one of these things around either. Many robots are built for beginners and experts alike.

8. Connect with your console controller.

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Motion-controlled gaming can be a joy, especially for racing titles, but sometimes you just want your timeworn console controller — and that's doable! Find out how to connect it to your tablet (and what games are compatible) by clicking here.

9. Cut and splice full-quality videos.

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Nonlinear video editing software on a tablet? It exists! Movie Edit Touch 2 is just one of the apps that gives videographers the unprecedented capability of editing their footage on the spot — complete with transitions, titles, music, and color correction.

10. Up your cooking game.

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Whether you're an aspiring or seasoned chef, you're going to want to keep track of recipes — and BigOven is one of the best apps to do so. Not only is it an excellent meal planner and grocery list, but it even allows you to scan handwritten recipes!

Every. Tasty. Video. EVER. The new Tasty app is here!

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