Samsung Austria and researchers at the University of Vienna have created a new app that will allow you to be help fight cancer just by sleeping, helping scientific research efforts.
The app is available on the Google App store called Power Sleep, which uses your phone’s processing power to process data sent from the Similarity Matrix of Proteins (SIMAP) database. The app will then analyse protein sequences in order to further medical advancements in areas like genetics and heredity, biochemistry, molecular biology and cancer research. This is much like many of the university research apps you’ve seen on the PC and Playstation like SETI.
As long as the app’s alarm is set and your phone is plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi, the app is automatically connected to Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), which connects computers (and now mobile devices) around the globe for the purpose of processing scientific data.
“In order to fight diseases like cancer and Alzheimers, we need to know how proteins are arranged,” says Thomas Rattei, professor of bioinformatics at the University of Vienna. “This requires trials that need a tremendous amount of processing power. Power Sleep is a bridge between science and society. It promotes not only our research, but allows people in Austria to become part of the project and, at the same time, to do good in their sleep.”
To do your part for scientific research, visit the Google Play Store to download the app.
Watch its video introduction below.