Tuesday 20 August 2019

Your smartphone can help cancer research while charging


Emma Clark

Your smartphone can assist cancer researchers by providing crucial processing power, all while you charge up your phone and (typically) leave it inactive.

Most of us charge our smartphones while we sleep, so why not let it be of great use to others? DreamLab wants to use your smartphone to help cure cancer and all you need to do is download a free app.

The Android app is available to download from the Google Play Store. You then choose the types of cancer research you’d like to support, nominate how much mobile network or Wi-Fi data you'd like to donate, and your phone will be put to use while it charges.

DreamLab uses participating smartphones to crunch data by distributing the processing required for cancer research. It’s similar in theory to the SETI project, which utilised PCs to process data generated by radio telescopes looking for extra-terrestrial life.

The company wrote that 100,000 DreamLab apps running on smartphones would be able to process data about 3,000 times quicker than they can with their current resources. There’s a surprising amount of power in your pocket-sized smartphone.

Find out more in the video below.

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