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“Pee As You Go?” – Urine Can Recharge Smart phones, Apparently

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Scientists working at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, UK, have worked out a way to power a mobile phone with Human urine.

The company have been in a position to recharge a Samsung mobile by placing the liquid through a surge of microbial energy cells. Using this process, enough energy is produced to send text messages, browse the Web and even make a brief phone call.

As outlined by the scientists responsible, the next phase is to completely charge the phone with pee…Presumably cleaning their hands straight afterwards.

Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has labored for a very long time with microbial energy cells; he’s considered a specialist in harnessing energy from extraordinary options. The potential applications of his work are very attractive from an environmental point of view.

Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We are very excited as this is the world’s first, no-one has harnessed power from pee to do this so it is an exciting finding. Using the final waste product as a supply of power to produce electrical energy is about as eco as it takes.” Eco-friendly tech is, obviously, the good doctor’s main area of curiosity.

The microbial cells work as a energy converter, they turn the natural matter directly into electrical energy, via the metabolism of live bacteria. The electricity is the by-product of the microorganism’s natural life phase, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the urine, they produce power the energy that powers the phone. Now that is what we call ‘pee as you go’.

Toilet humour aside, the team have engineered a world first, as nothing as large as a mobile battery has ever been charged using this method before.

There is, at present, no plans to promote this technology on a large scale, but perhaps someday we can be signing a ‘P’ mobile contract, the trick, as they are saying, might be pissistance.

PS – I’m apologetic about this one. The task and its implications are actually astonishing. All credit to the UWE team. Though, I constantly needed to do one to those ‘And Finally’ type tales and now I finally get to. Please forgive me, one and all.

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Don’t check your calendar, it’s not 1 April. No More Woof is a new doggie headset that claims to translate your pooch’s inner thoughts into English, and you can order one for about 40 today.

I can understand your scepticism — it’s something directly out of a Pixar movie — but however barking mad the idea, it’s a genuine prototype product, developed by reputable scientists in Scandinavia, who are asking for your money on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

They stress it’s a work in progress — and I’m not going to recommend you do pay your own money for it — but from their demo video it looks genuine.

No More Woof straps an electro-encephalograph (EEG) reader to your canine buddy’s noggin, and a tiny Raspberry Pi computer translates the electric activity in its little squirrel-obsessed brain into English, with Mandarin, French and Spanish coming soon.

“The technology used in No More Woof is the result of combining the latest technologies in three different tech-areas, EEG-sensoring, micro computing and special brain-computer interface software,” the project’s website says.

It can recognise states of thought, such as hunger, and then play a phrase such as, “I’m hungry!” Its developers are working on different ‘characters’ with different phrases, such as posh Holly (“This is splendid!”) and Pudge, who seems to be wracked with existential angst (“I’m so very weary”).

It’s developed by the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery, a group of hipsterish Scandie boffins who’ve tested the device on their own pets. They stress you’ll be buying a prototype, not a finished product, and your money will be used to develop it further.

“Right now we are only scraping the surface of possibilities; the project is only in its cradle,” they say. “And to be completely honest, the first version will be quite rudimentary. But hey, the first computer was pretty crappy too.”

They’re certainly ambitious. “A similar device can be hooked up on humans translating our thoughts into dog,” they reckon, “or other animal tongue like, oh sweet thought, a dolphin!”

$65 (40) buys the most basic NMW Micro unit with one sensor, which will be able to “distinguish 2-3 thought patterns, most likely Tiredness, Hunger and Curiosity”.

$300 (185) buys another sensor, and more thought patterns, while $1,200 (735) buys a fully customised unit in whatever colour you want, and an experimental learning mode that should be able to produce more complex phrases over time. All are very limited edition, with only 50 Micros on offer, and a modest funding goal of $10,000.

Would you buy this for your furry friend if it became a proper retail product? Will you back the project? Or is this the most elaborate prank ever staged?