Unused computing power comes in handy for researchers in the field of disease research and we’ve seen quite a lot of projects such as Folding@home and boinc specifically suited for this purpose.
Samsung made an unprecedented move when it announced its collaboration with Cheil Worldwide in conjunction with the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna. Their combined effort helped create Samsung’s new alarm app dubbed ‘Power Sleep’. – The latter lets you donate your unsed CPU cycles that would otherwise be wasted while charging, to create a ‘supercloud computer’ accessible to researchers all over the world.
The app works in background, right when you’re at sleep. Unused CPU cycles are used to compute chunks of data usually under 1MB. Researchers at the University of Vienna then collate the collective database of small calculation series from participants all over the world. The data is turned into an open-sourced protein-calculation database that can then be used by the scientific community to find a cure for diseases like Alzheimer’s.
You can grab the app right now (Requires Android 2.3 or later).