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Cell Phone Dead And Gotta Pee?

The Samsung GT-E2121B mobile phone that researchers powered with urine - GmaNsWorlD.com

Streaming media: New Fuel Cell Powers a Mobile Phone With Pee

So if your cell phone is dead and you gotta pee, you could be in luck!

The Samsung GT-E2121B mobile phone that researchers powered with urine - GmaNsWorlD.com

The Samsung GT-E2121B mobile phone that researchers powered with urine – GmaNsWorlD.com

The Samsung GT-E2121B mobile phone that researchers powered with urine

If asked what would be a great power source for mobile phones, it’s a fair bet that most people wouldn’t make urine their first choice. But that’s exactly what a group of scientists at Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK have done. As part of a project to find new ways to provide electricity for small devices in emergency situations and developing countries they have created a new fuel cell system powered by pee.

The key to this rather unorthodox way of powering a phone is a microbial fuel cell (MFC) that converts organic matter directly into electricity. Inside the MFC, there are a mixture of ordinary anaerobic microorganisms that release electrons as they feed – in this case, on the urine. The technology has been under development for 30 years, but because of problems in scaling up the technology to provide significant amounts of power, it has yet to find widespread commercial application. However, it is possible to attain practical levels of power when several small MFCs are stacked and wired together.

The Bristol experiment used 12 ceramic cylinders 10.2 cm (4 in) long wired with a cathode and an anode. These cylinders were stacked in sets of three with each stack acting as a cascade. Urine was introduced into the first cylinder of each cascade and as the organisms fed on it, they generated electricity. This was repeated in the second and then the third cylinder before the urine was collected in a waste flask. Since the output of even three cylinders was very small, four cascades were hooked together like batteries to produce sufficient current to charge a mobile phone battery.

Two cascades of three MFCs each, assembled with air-gap adapters - GmaNsWorlD.com

Two cascades of three MFCs each, assembled with air-gap adapters – GmaNsWorlD.com

The purpose of the experiment was to demonstrate that it is possible to build a practical MFC system that could be mass produced, while also showing that urine could be a practical fuel to provide power for such a device.

“We are very excited as this is a world first, no one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it’s an exciting discovery,” says Doctor Ioannis Ieropoulos from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), which came together with the University of Bristol to form the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. “Using the ultimate waste product as a source of power to produce electricity is about as eco as it gets.”

According to the scientists involved in the project, using urine for fuel may sound a bit disgusting, but it is an inexhaustible resource that people always have available. This makes it excellent for powering emergency communications and it even has the potential to generate power for showers, lighting and razors in domestic bathrooms.

Snapshot of the outgoing voice call made by the MFC powered Samsung GT-E2121B - GmaNsWorlD.com

Snapshot of the outgoing voice call made by the MFC powered Samsung GT-E2121B – GmaNsWorlD.com

“One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine,” says Ieropoulos. “By harnessing this power as urine passes through a cascade of microbial fuel cells, we have managed to charge a Samsung mobile phone. The beauty of this fuel source is that we are not relying on the erratic nature of the wind or the sun; we are actually reusing waste to create energy.”

He went on to say that, “So far the microbial fuel power stack that we have developed generates enough power to enable SMS messaging, web browsing and to make a brief phone call. Making a call on a mobile phone takes up the most energy but we will get to the place where we can charge a battery for longer periods. The concept has been tested and it works – it’s now for us to develop and refine the process so that we can develop MFCs to fully charge a battery.”

The results of the research were published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

The video below explains how the urine-powered fuel cell works.

Source: UWE Bristol

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Ad Awareness – BlackBerry Increasing Apples Sinking

Blackberrys New Phone Lineup

BlackBerry is Gaining Back Ad Awareness While Apples is Decreasing

Ad Awareness BlackBerry Increasing Apples Sinking?  Is that correct?  Records prove Ad Awareness numbers.  BlackBerry hasn’t been known for their excellent marketing. Their new CMO, Frank Boulben, has sought to make that change. One effort was a company first by launching a $4 million ad during the Super Bowl.

Blackberry Ad Awareness Growing vs Apple iPhone Slips

It looks to be paying off. According to recent data, BlackBerry’s ad awareness is gaining on Apple. BlackBerry rose from a low of 6% in mid-January to 21% by the end of February.

Apple on the other hand is seeing a decrease. Their ad awareness dropped from 44% on January 15 to 38% on March 4, while their purchase intent also decreased from 14% to 7%.

Blackberrys New Phone Lineup

The new BlackBerry OS and the two models which run it–the Z10 and Q10–are considered by many the last chance to save the BlackBerry brand.  As such, the company has staked much in the way of resources to make it a success.  The OS, which has been two years in the making, has been entirely rebuilt, using technology obtained when the company acquired QNX. So far the reviews for both the OS and new models have been good.  The Financial Times, for one, effusively makes the case that the company has out-Appled Apple:  “Within 30 seconds of picking it up, I felt as if I had the iPhone 6 in my hand. Running iOS 7. It is an awesome phone, with a pleasing new operating system, BB10.

Complementary data from YouGov InvestorView also paints a modestly improved picture for BlackBerry. According to data compiled over the first quarter of 2012, among consumers who owned a BlackBerry phone and were likely to purchase a new phone in the next six months, only 30% planned to choose another BlackBerry phone. More BlackBerry users (34%) were likely to purchase an iPhone and an additional 12% planned to purchase from Samsung.

On the other hand, during the first two months of 2013, 34% of BlackBerry owners who plan to purchase a new phone in the next six months say they will stay with BlackBerry. Planned defections to Apple have decreased significantly to 17% while planned defections to Samsung have increased to 31%.

The data presented is far from indicative of certain success for BlackBerry, but it appears there is at least an opening for the company to take back some ground.  While the US will still have to wait a few weeks for the full release of the new phones, BlackBerry might just have a chance.

Phone Data 2012

Phone Data 2013

 


Blackberry 10 Launch Realtime Coverage


Blackberry 10 Launch

Realtime Coverage Link

Today is the day that Blackberry 10 will be launch nation wide.  I have a direct link for realtime coverage today so you can tune in whenever and see what the current news is.

Blackberry 10

Blackberry Z10

Blackberry 10 Launch = Realtime Coverage