Posted 07/23/2013 at 10:10 AM
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Let’s face it; if you’re a bit of a smartphone geek you’d probably love nothing more than to get involved with a brilliant science research project. Whether it’s making new advances in the treatments for diseases, or discovering new stars at the farthest reaches of the solar system, science is something that almost all of us have some interest in. Sadly, a lack of scientific intelligence or a PhD means that most kick-ass projects have had to be left to the experts – until now.
BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) is a new app for Android that lets Google Play users participate in research projects without the qualifications or skills that would normally be required. The app, according to a press release, will give the chance for every Android smartphone user to play a small part in important scientific research projects by donating some of their phone’s idle processing power.
Working in a similar way to the Folding@Home project, BOINC utilizes extra CPU power for scientific gains without affecting phone performance. The app is the brainchild of the Berkley research team and the project allows users to choose which one of over 50 supported volunteer endeavors around the world, including Einstien@Home and FightAIDS@Home, to dedicate processing power to. Working with devices using Android 2.3 and above, BOINC creator David Anderson says that with the power from over one billion Android devices worldwide, the overall computing power available exceeds that of the largest conventional super computer.
You can volunteer to take part in the BOINC experience by downloading the app from the Google Play Store. The makers are also reportedly considering an iOS app, although no announcement has been made, so iPhone and iPad users will have to wait patiently for a while.