Just picture it – your idle phone is assisting in cancer research while you sleep. With a new app, Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Vodafone Foundation aim to create a “supercomputer” that will utilize the free power from your smartphone to assist in speeding up cancer research.
All that is required of you is to download DreamLab – the free Android app.
Place your phone on charge while you sleep. Select the kind of cancer research you wish to support like prostate, breast, pancreatic or ovarian cancer.
Now you choose how much mobile network or Wi-Fi data you would like to donate.
Users can choose data via their mobile network (500MB, 250MB or 50MB a month) or Wi-Fi network (1GB, 500MB, 250MB a month).
The free processing power will aid scientists at the Garvan Institute process data approximately 3,000 times faster than they are presently able to.
In a statement, Dr Samantha Oakes, head of the breast cancer unit at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, said that with the help of game-changing innovations like DreamLab, she is hopeful that we will see cures of specific types of cancer in our lifetime.
With 100,000 DreamLab apps working on phones, according to Garvan Institute, the team will be able to process data approximately 3,000 times faster than they are presently able.
With five million users, that rate would jump to 150,000 times.
DreamLab is a three-year collaboration between the Vodafone Foundation and Garvan Institute.
DreamLab is available to download free for all Australian Android users from the Google Play Store.