TAG: Mobile phone

PhoneSoap – See Why You Absolutely Need It!

PhoneSoap

Mobile phones have taken over from the handkerchief as the most likely household item to carry germs and bacteria. Even the toilet seat is ranked as a cleaner household item. A survey in the US found that more than 60 percent of iPad owners use their iPads to read news while in the restroom. The same device is then carried into the living room, the office, or the gym with the bacteria coming all the way. Phonesoap, a device which was funded by Kickstarter in 2012, is the solution to this unsavoury problem. The project was inspired by research which said that apart from viruses… read more

Using Urine to Power Mobile Phones

Using Urine to Power Mobile Phones

In a first for the intersection of mobile phones and bodily fluids, researchers have managed to charge a standard cell phone using a microbial fuel cell (MFC) fed with urine. The scientists, from the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory, built a membrane-less fuel cell demonstrating the viability of a urine-based mobile power source. They were able to generate enough of a charge from their MFC to use the mobile phone for texting, calling, and connecting to the internet. “This is the world’s first demonstration that mobile phone batteries can be directly charged previously considered impossible by a stack… read more

Can WiFi Signals Kill Plants?

Can WiFi Signals Kill Plants?

Noteworthy science isn’t only reserved for grant funded research studies. A team of ninth grade students from Hjallerup School in North Jutland, Denmark have created an international buzz among the realm of the scientifically involved. Lea Nielsen, Mathilde Nielsen, Signe Nielsen, Sisse Coltau and Rikke Berg recently decided to investigate WiFi routers and their effect, if any, on plant life for a class science project. Their findings are profoundly interesting. Similar published studies have also been done, many with related results. They had the idea for the study when they thought about their nightly cellphone habits, which sometimes included sleeping with them… read more

7 Ways to Help Reduce Mobile Phone Radiation

Mobile Phone Radiation

Even Martin Cooper, commonly known as the father of mobile phones could not have imagined the penetration of his device into our lives. To the extent that mobile phones are being called the “third hand” of human beings. Despite their prevalence, there are still concerns about the radiation emitted from the devices into our ears, and therefore brains. In this post you can find some simple ways to protect yourself from radiation. 1. Go hands-free: Recent research say that wired telephones are less dangerous than mobile phones, so whenever you have access to fixed line phones go for them. 2. Use headphones:… read more

Losing the Car Keys is Not Smart

Losing The Car Keys

Have you ever lost your car keys at an extremely bad time? Don’t despair because the age of lost car keys could finally be coming to a close. Car manufacturer Hyundai believes that the next generation of automobiles should move away from keyed entry systems and towards an all-in-one solution: your mobile phone. Almost all current and planned smartphones have what’s called Near Field Communication (NFC) chips built into them, which can be used for everything from swiping a card reader to pay for lunch, to sharing music playlists and pictures from phone-to-phone by touch. In essence, Hyundai is creating a test… read more

Recycling at an ecoATM

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The automatic teller machine was a mind-blowing concept during 1930’s but our ancestors did not have the technology to design the machine then. Several years later the machine was designed and people loved to use it. Users were able to make financial transactions without waiting in the queue or filling out forms. Late in 2012 a US based startup designed a fully automated machine, the ecoATM, which pays you instant cash for your old or broken electronics gadget. Recycling or making money with old electronic gadgets is usually a bit of a problem, not to mention, a hassle. Either you… read more

Big Phones Are Best

Big Phones Are Best

When cell phones first came out in the late 1980’s, they were enormously oversized and created for on-the-go business folks and other wealthy individuals. The phones were outrageously expensive, and extraordinarily useless. The trend since then had been to decrease the size of mobile phones until they were barely noticeable and, ironically, almost as useless as their first generation ancestors. That trend hit full-gear around 2000-2007, when blackberry devices and “dumb phones” were the market leaders. Thin, light, small phones were popular back then, until the iPhone entered the marketplace. Since then, phone screen sizes have steadily grown bigger and bigger,… read more

The Charge Cycle

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Modern Smartphones can do millions of operations per second but they drink power from a battery like a vampire and we are constantly searching for a power socket to keep them alive. Due to this fast power decay, many coffee shops and hotels have power outlets which allows the user to charge their device when required but David Krawczyk & Navjot Kaur of New York have come up with a concept of greener and far healthier ways to charge your phone. The technology they have devised is the same decade old “dynamo” concept but the project is spiced with extra… read more

Recycling Old Cell Phones

Recycling mobile phones

With insane revolution in both software and hardware, each and every day a new feature and a new model is pushed into the market.  In the early days people use to change bikes or their car when new models arrive but the latest trend is to stand outside the store even 12 hours before the product comes to the store. This is definitely something to be appreciated, but on the other hand when we buy a new high end phone we generally put the old phone to rest somewhere in a drawer along with messy accessories like its chargers or… read more

Green Phones – The Future

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In the digital era cellphones have become as mandatory for humans as air. In any part of the world the least power consuming home appliance is the cellphone charger which powers the cellphone’s battery.  The average power consumed by a cellphone when charging its battery is 26watts but with 6 billion people living on the planet and with 5 billion (and counting) mobile phones registered with all networks, the total power consumption will be jaw-dropping and become a very serious problem like global warming.   So, in an effort to reduce power consumption, scientists are constantly researching to automate the… read more