Imagine a rain-slicked parapet, thunder roaring like the shouts of gods--and a Nokia smartphone, whose battery has run dry. Now imagine holding that phone to the sky, screaming defiance, as a bolt hurtles itself at your outstretched hand. BOOM--and you walk away unscathed, with the phone charged to maximum.
Today, that's a pretty great way to get yourself killed. Tomorrow, too. But Nokia, together with the University of Southampton, has taken the first steps to "harnessing the power of lightning for personal use."
Check out the video below, where Nokia creates an artificial high-voltage arc to demonstrate how a smartphone could eventually be charged by lightning. "That the Nokia Lumia 925 could withstand this sort of experiment is testament to the renowned high quality and durability of Nokia's devices and the company's continuing research to increase the already outstanding reliability of its products," the company said.
Quite frankly, the Lumia 925 doesn't have much to recommend it; it's essentially an update to the Lumia 920 with a bit of added panache, like a thinner body to fit your hand better and a suite of extra software features. Inside, the Lumia 925 features the same 1.5Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM as its predecessor, the Lumia 920, and Nokia's most recent release, the Lumia 1020.And no, this charge-by-lightning feature won't be built in to the smartphone any time soon.
But maybe one day we'll be able to hook a metal wire to the top of our houses and instantly charge our (Microsoft) Lumia phones? Why? Because it's awesome, that's why.
Then again, Apple would probably like to point out that it's been charging phones with Lightning (the connector, not the weather phenomenon) for more than a year.