It is an established fact that war time brings out some ingenious stuff in man. Many of planet earth’s greatest innovations have been the product of necessity during wars. The Syrian civil unrest is a showcase of this sort of innovative spirit as rebel fighters working with limited resources look for ways to face off the better funded and equipped army. Below is a picture of Free Syrian Army fighters using the electronic compass of a Samsung Galaxy Note II to help aim locally made anti-aircraft missiles near the Menagh military airport in Aleppo’s countryside, on February 17, 2013.
Not so sophisticated, but perhaps better than nothing. Maybe even very effective. I do not remember the last time that I needed to use the electronic compass on any smartphone, but here is a good example of how useful these devices can be outside of our everyday scenarios.