In this day and age of smartphones, the biggest issue users face is battery life. Bluntly put, battery technology has not kept up with smartphone technology. The Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK has reportedly devised a way to charge phones using human urine. Also Read - Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels go live in 170 countries starting today
As disgusting as this may sound, PTI is reporting that the breakthrough technology harnesses power from urine by passing it through a cascade of microbial fuel cells. Also Read - JioFiber Postpaid launched in India: Plans start at Rs 399 per month
Microbial fuel cells are basically converters that turn organic power into electricity via metabolism of live microbes. Using this the scientists have found a way to harness the energy from human urine. Also Read - Another Xiaomi folding phone set to launch after October with Mi MIX Fold specs
The scientists behind the technology claim that it is entirely eco-friendly, as one is using human waste to generate electricity.
Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos from the University of West of England claimed that the current microbial fuel power stack only holds a limited amount of juice. It can only enable SMS messaging, web browsing and a just enough power to make a brief call.
Making the call consumes the maximum amount of power, but the scientist believes that eventually the technology will be developed to a certain degree where the phone can be charged for longer periods.