Chained cell phones have the quivalent amount of power as a supercomputer.

Scientific research requires a lot of brain power, but is also requires a lot of computer processing power. As part of a joint effort with the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), HTC wants to turn its network of mobile phones into the equivalent of a supercomputer. The combined power of these spare computing cycles would be enough to solve complex problems related to AIDS and Alzheimer’s Disease.

The company will tap into these spare computing cycles through an app in the Google Play store that will initially be available to download on HTC One and HTC Butterfly phones. Instead of devoting every spare moment to the latest level on Candy Crush, or trying to find a new game to pass the time, you could donate your phone’s resources to a worthwhile cause and bask in the glow of doing some good in the world.

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