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Scientists discover that urine can recharge your smartphone

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Scientists discover that urine can recharge your smartphone
The next time your smartphone battery dies, running over to the rest room and relieving yourself might allow you to recharge your phone. This is no joke. In Britain, scientists have discovered a way to power smartphones using urine. The scientific theory involved revolves around microbial fuel cells (MFC) which use bacteria to break down organic material to create power. However, the right kind of bacteria is necessary to generate enough power and it appears that this bacteria is found in human urine. The process is being developed by Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos who is with the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, part of the University of the West of England.

"Urine is chemically very active, rich in nitrogen and has compounds such as urea, chloride, potassium and bilirubin, which make it very good for the microbial fuel cells... One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine... 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."-Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos

Now, we are not suggesting that you recharge your Samsung Galaxy S4 by peeing all over it. We wouldn't even do that to a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which is water resistant of course. So far, the technology allows users to generate enough power to allow a user to send a text message, surf the web and to make a quick call.

So don't be surprised if sometime in the not too distant future, instead of looking for an outlet to plug your phone in to recharge the battery, you will be looking for the nearest rest room.



source: UWE  AFP via USAToday

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posted on 17 Jul 2013, 14:59 2

1. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


bwhahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! ROFL seemed too subtle for this

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:51 1

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Something good comes in pissing someone off after all.
"If you want to piss me off, do it on my phone."

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:03 1

21. Jack58221 (Posts: 133; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


I should get this so I can final do what I have wanted to do to my gs3 since the day I got it.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 14:27

28. ghaniosman (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


I will never charge even if it does for real..

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 15:01 1

2. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


now that i think about it , its an awesome tech!! people will think twice before borrowing your cellphone for temple run which m sure everyone here hates lol

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:28

22. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Download a troll video and make a shortcut to it on your android phone and change the icon to the temple run one then change the name to Temple Run. Thats what I did.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 15:16 10

3. ZeroCide (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I don't even want to know how Scientists discovered this.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 15:17 5

4. roldefol (Posts: 3181; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


This news really pisses me on.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:01 3

10. alltechinside (Posts: 247; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Urine for a pissing adventure!

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 15:18 1

5. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Pee power, bitch!!

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 15:28 2

6. Osman (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Now one can pee in public!

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 15:53 3

7. JC557 (Posts: 1163; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


These new phones would be R Kelly approved.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:29

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAOOOOO

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 15:54

8. twcobra (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


If I had an S4 I would Pee on it after Samsung let At&t lock up the bootload like Verizon. Good thing I did not upgrade yet.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 15:55 2

9. mobi_user (Posts: 118; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


This was only left to happen. In next episode of Man vs Wild, the person will urine on his phone to recharge it. lol

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:03 1

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Patent it ... run apple run ... go patent URINE.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:05

12. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Take that, solar power

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:15

13. PhoneCritic (Posts: 375; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Just to easy. Its like making an Anthony weenier Joke. to easy.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:48

15. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


This is a disaster. I'll never again be able to tell someone to piss "off".

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:53

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Are you shytting me?

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:02 1

20. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Not gonna happen dude, a turd can't, won't and will never power your phone, lol.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:51

23. alltechinside (Posts: 247; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


You never know, the same was said about charge your phone by peeing on it lol

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:54

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Are you shytting me? Lol

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 16:54

19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Are you shytting me? Lol

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:48 2

24. YourNightmare (Posts: 32; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


"God damn, my fcking iPhone's battery is almost death from 10min gaming, let me piss on it real quick to recharge it" ROFLMYASS

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 20:17

25. pinkpanzer (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 May 2013)


now they just need to develop an open-standard pee port so you can recharge all your mobile devices on the go. they should probably develop a privacy cubicle so we don't have to find a restroom just to 'charge'

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 21:43 2

26. medicci37 (Posts: 715; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Would be willing to try this on a iPhone. If it doesn't work, no harm done

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 22:01 1

27. nothingmuch (Posts: 183; Member since: 03 May 2013)


OMG!! I tried it and it works!! Tingly !! LOL!! :D

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 19:43 1

29. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


*Honey why are you taking so long in the toilet? I'm just charging my phone sweetheart*

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 11:29

30. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


This is disgusting. But I'll entertain it anyway so wait how much charge can I possibly get because the normal person doesnt pee as long, as you would physically charge a phone for about 2-3 hours. I know you can't possibly get a full charge while peeing on your phone. lol

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 19:26

31. ThePython (Posts: 390; Member since: 08 May 2013)


2025: "Damn my phone is running out of battery, let me go over there and pee on it."

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