Here is something quite shocking (excuse the pun).
If you have ever wondered about the natural power of a lightning bolt and whether or not scientist would one day be able to harness the energy produced by one of nature‘s most striking forces, then your day has finally come.
Scientists at the University of Southampton, along with the help of Nokia, have done just that. They successfully charged a Nokia Lumia 925 with lightning.
Of course, for fear of injury or death, the Lumia was charged by artificial lightning bolts. These artificial lightning bolts were created by the team and used to charge the phone in a controlled, secure environment.
Once the lightning bolts were created, they channeled the bolts into the smartphone‘s battery.
What then happened was actually quite amazing and a breakthrough for technology scientists. The smartphone‘s managed to stabilize the signal from the lightning bolt and then proceeded to charge the battery within seconds.
This is experiment is not only a testament to the ability of the harnessing of lightning bolts as an energy source, but also proves that a device – whether it‘s a mobile phone or not – can be charged, successfully, by an airborne current.
However, we don‘t think that during the next thunderstorm people will run out and try and get their phones charged, but it is a step in the right direction for science and technology.
And, of course, it‘s good advertising for the Nokia Lumia 925, too.
Check out the video below to see how it all went down: