Every smartphone is equipped with powerful processors that are dormant while you sleep. Why not put these processors to work when you aren't using them? That's exactly what Samsung Austria and the University of Vienna are doing.
The organizations have teamed up for the Power Sleep app, which allows users to donate their processing power to medical researchers while they sleep. The Android app works when the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, is fully charged, and plugged in. It uses an alarm clock to ensure your phone is ready for regular use by the time you wake up in the morning.
"In order to fight diseases like cancer and Alzheimers, we need to know how proteins are arranged," Thomas Rattei, professor of bioinformatics at the University of Vienna, told Gizmag. "This requires trials that need a tremendous amount of processing power. Power Sleep is a bridge between science and society. It promotes not only our research, but allows people in Austria to become part of the project and, at the same time, to do good in their sleep."
Power Sleep is currently only available for Android users. It can be downloaded for free on Google Play.
Learn more about the Power Sleep app in the video below.