November 4, 2011
Another device to enable smartphones to measure radiation
Russian scientists from Intersoft Eurasia have reported plans to manufacture a device that will enable iOS, Android and Windows 7 mobile devices to measure radiation and inform the user of normal or elevated levels. Profy reports via @mobileactive.org.
... The price of the dosimeter will be in the range from $30 to $50 in retail but of course if it could be integrated in the device body by manufacturers, the price could drop (down to $10 as the inventor claims) and every user could have the functionality by default. The company has already negotiated the idea of sensor integration with manufacturers such as Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Fujitsu but the results have not been disclosed yet.
Other radiation measuring technologies being developed for cell phones:
-- NTT Docomo to launch Smartphone jackets that measure radiation - The phone will come with changeable "jackets" fitted with sensors, to monitor body mass as well as level of skin-damaging ultraviolet light.
-- Silicon 'nose' turns cell phones into toxin detectors - San Diego's The University of California and a startup called Rhevision, are working a tiny silicon chip that can be embedded in cell phones that will detect and then map the location and extent of gas leaks and toxins in the air.
-- Cell-All could put chemical sensors everywhere (2009) - New technology that would add chemical sensing capabilities to cell phones.
-- Radiation detectors in your cell phone (2008) - Purdue University is developing sensors which fit inside a cell phone that can detect radiation, and thus perhaps stop the detonation of a nuclear bomb by terrorists is a bit outlandish to my way of thinking.
-- Saving the World With Cell Phones (2005) - As cell phones evolve to include souped-up games, streaming video and MP3 players, some University of California at Berkeley professors and graduate students want to slip a pollution detector into the mix.
-- Phones that detect terrorist attacks (2003) - A newly opened research center at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA is developing a cell phone that can also detect "dirty bombs" by containing detectors that then upload their information to a central database.
-- PCell phone could warn of gas leaks (2003) - A mobile phone able to warn against fire, leakage of methane or other types of toxic gas has been submitted to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for patent.
-- :Cell Phones - For so much more than just talking (2003) ... And down the road, research is working on cell phones which can warn of gas leaks (thanks to sensors that verify changes in the atmosphere) and cell phones that will be able to warn about the presence of bacteria and viruses (thanks to bio-sensors) or detect dirty bombs (thanks to detectors that can upload information to a central database).
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