“UK scientists are claiming a world first in developing a way to charge mobile phones using human urine,” Rod Minchin reports for AAP. “The Bristol-based boffins have been able to charge a Samsung phone by putting urine through a cascade of microbial fuel cells.”
“They have generated enough electricity to send text messages, browse the internet and make a brief phone call. The scientists now plan to develop the technology to be able to fully charge the handheld device,” Minchin reports. “The discovery has been made by a team of experts working at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, which is a collaboration between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos, from the University of the West of England, is an expert at harnessing power from unusual sources using microbial fuel cells.”
Minchin reports, “Dr Ieropoulos believes the technology has the future potential to be installed into domestic bathrooms to harness the urine and produce sufficient electricity to power showers, lighting or razors as well as mobile phones.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Ah, the perfect power source for Samsung’s piss-poor knockoffs.
We can see the ads now:
• Samsung. Powered by piss.™
• Samsung Galaxy S5. Pissworthy.™
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “steve” for the heads up.]