Not everyone has the ability cure cancer but a new Android app is helping civilians do just that by turning idle smartphones into life-saving devices while you sleep.
DreamLab is a three year collaboration between the Australian Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Vodafone Foundation which aims to aid in vital cancer research. The project works by having an Android smartphone user download a free app before choosing the type of cancer research they want to support.
The categories cover prostate, breast, ovarian, and pancreatic. Once selected, the app asks you how much WiFi or mobile network data you’d like to donate to the cause. The app then uses this allocated data to solve the problems currently faced by researchers at the Garvan Institute.
The name of the game here is collective processing power – a supercomputer which can help cancer researches crunch numbers. The program told Mashable Australia that with just 100,000 DreamLab apps working on smartphones, the research team can process vital data about 3,000 times faster than their current rate. At 5 million users this rate increases by 150,000 times.
Dr. Samantha Oakes explained that this is a perfect opportunity for a nation who love their smartphones and can have the potential to finding a cure for cancer.
“With the help of game-changing innovations like DreamLab, I am hopeful that we will see cures of certain types of cancer in our lifetime.”
[via Mashable Australia]