Science: Space: Telescope
Cellphone radio telescope   (+19)  [vote for, against]
Use cellphones as a very large array radio telescope

Truly a halfbaked idea: Cellphones, when they're not being used are constantly seeking for a signal - why not use small slices of cellphone time to take snapshots of the sky in radio frequencies? The potential number of cellphones available for this would provide enough signal power, and the idea of using multiple small antennae to simulate one big antenna is well understood. In this case we might get a virtual antena the size of the Earth.
-- hippo, Jul 24 2000

using the internet and personal computers to digest the info we already have [interpreter, Jul 24 2000, last modified Oct 21 2004]

misc. seti at home ideas, probably not new http://www.brightid...932F0D2}&bucket_id=
high gain antennae pointed at the zenith (straight up). [LoriZ, Jan 11 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]

CHIME https://en.wikipedi..._Mapping_Experiment
Not using cell phones as a radio telescope per se, but it's a radio telescope that uses cheap receiver hardware derived from and made inexpensive by the cell phone industry [notexactly, Jun 21 2019]

"Er, hold on, my phone is telling me it needs to call NASA."
-- centauri, Jul 24 2000

The bigger our "eyes" the better we'll understand the universe. Great idea!
-- Thing 1, Aug 13 2000

Beautifull idea. Such mad ingenuity restores ones faith humanity- or something!
-- john b, Jan 02 2002

OK, if not the cell phones themselves (Orwellian genius!) what about hijacking cellphone masts after hours? Maybe more do-able in this privacy-obsessed land? Or a "SETI@home"-brand cell phone? As cellphones gain more cpu & memory I can easily see this becoming a downloadable option, like a custom ring-tone or something...Yep, I can see it now: The Department of Homeland SETI ...or NASA merging with the FCC...
-- cloudface, Dec 03 2003

Hacking the GPS chips in modern cell phones could provide useful time and positional information.
-- BWard, Jun 21 2004

My cellphone battery is short enough as it is. I don't need anything else sucking up juice when I'm not on a call. (-)
-- Freefall, Jun 21 2004

random, halfbakery