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[30 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
World’s first radiation detecting smartphone

With the last year’s disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, it’s no surprise that the world’s first  radiation detector smartphone is from Japan. Mobile service provider SoftBank has recently announced their Pantone 5 smartphone in an attempt to address the concerns of those who worry about threat of high doses of radiation.
The radiation detector is activated when it user presses a button on the front of the phone. A meter appears and a read-out is given.  But we’re not sure exactly how accurate this reading is. Smartphone blog Japan Mobile Tech has stated …

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[6 Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
A Stylish Radiation Detector to Protect the Babies?

With all the talk of radiation these days, I’m not surprised to see this; a prototype for a stylish wrist-worn radiation detector. The detector changes color and starts vibrating whenever the wearer gets close to a source of high radiation.

There’s arguably nothing wrong with providing a product to addresses consumers’ current concerns. I know plenty us here in Kanto region of Japan would have been eager to snatch up this gadget during the height of the nuclear reactor scare. What I think is over-kill, is the marketing direction the …