It will be only in Japan, where Softbank Corp, Japan’s No. 3 mobile phone operator, has developed a new smartphone that includes a radiation detector. The phone, part of the company’s ‘Pantone series’, is offered as a friendly-user alternative to conventional Geiger counters.
The product seems to come in the right moment, when concerns about radiation in Japan are on the rise. ‘The threat from the nuclear accident cannot be seen by the human eye and continues to be a concern for many people, especially for mothers with small children,’ says Softbank founder and president, Masayoshi Son.
The phone measures exposure levels in microsieverts per hour. It will be released in summer and, thought the price has not yet been set, the company assures that it will be reasonable. Maybe we will start seeing them in the Western World in a not so distant future.
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Atoms, Radiation, and Radiation Protection
James E. Turner