We are actually re-using waste to create energy." For a closer look at the Ieropoulos's novel system, check out the Bristol Robotics Laboratory video below.The scientist believes that his technology could be implemented in domestic bathrooms, in an effort to harness urine and produce sufficient electricity to power showers, lighting, toothbrushes and razors, as well as mobile phones. While this technology may be a scientific breakthrough, it's certainly not the first time cell phones have been in cahoots with human waste (aside from those messy instances a device is accidentally dropped into the commode).Currently funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Gates Foundation, and the Technology Strategy Board, Ieropoulos said his team is also hoping to earn a subsidy to work alongside partners in the U. During this year's TED 2013 event, TED fellow Myshkin Ingawale debuted Ucheck, an i Phone app that uses a phone's camera to analyze urine and check for a range of medical conditions.A free version of the app is currently available in the Apple i Tunes Store."One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine," Ieropoulos said."The beauty of this fuel source is that we are not relying on the erratic nature of the wind or the sun.
The urine gets funneled away from the body, keeping the skin dry at all times.
Instead, these external collection systems can be placed against the urinary opening during voiding and removed once voiding is complete.
These are commonly used by hunters and sportsmen who may spend long periods away from a bathroom.
Up to 40% of condom catheter users will develop a urinary tract infection with long-term use.
Additionally, sizing can prove difficult for some men, leading to dislodgement of the catheter and urine spillage during voiding (commonly referred to as pop-offs or blow-offs).