With the explosion of smartphones and tablets in the market, followed by the increase in number of WiFi hotspots, sometimes it can be hard to get a decent connection for your downloads? Perhaps surfing the web at Starbucks is still passable, but try download a big file and you may be stuck there for an hour or so due to the sheer number of people hogging the connection. While the hogging is inevitable, the fact of the matter is that the longer you have your smartphone or tablet on to download a file, the more battery it will drain, which is why Duke University graduate student Justin Manweiler came up with the SleepWell system.

Do not be deceived by the name as this is not a system that helps you sleep well, but rather it is a software that will put your mobile to sleep while waiting for its turn to download over WiFi connections. Justin Manweiler compared his system to that of the advantages that would be seen if companies in major cities staggered their work hours to reduce rush hour traffic. While this won’t reduce congestion over WiFi, at the very least it will help to save your smartphone’s or tablet’s battery for those times when you really need it.

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