Softbank just marked a first for cellphone technology as it launched the Pantone 5 107SH – the world’s first phone that ships with a built-in Geiger counter. The Pantone 5′s radiation detector is easy-to-use and is capable of measuring radiation levels within 20% accuracy. It also comes in a variety of Pantone colors – for those who are concerned about radiation, but still want to look stylish.
Following the Fukushima disaster there has understandably been concern about radiation in Japan – be it in food or construction materials. As such, the Japanese technology company Softbank has created a smartphone to help alleviate such concerns. The Pantone 5 comes in eight vibrant colors: black, white, purple, yellow, blue, orange, and two types of pink. The phone’s other features include an Android 4.0 operating system, a 3.7-inch, 854×480 LCD screen, and a 4MP camera.
While the Pantone 5 is the first phone to come with a built-in radiation detector, Softbank isn’t the first company to release a mobile Geiger counter. In the immediate aftermath of Fukushima, several firms released mobile radiation detectors such as Scosche’s iPhone-compatible RDTX, but they had to be plugged into an iPhone externally.
Softbank’s system is very simple to use. Simply press the button under the screen and the radiation sensor turns on. The phone then launches an app that reads and records the number of microsieverts in the surrounding air. While not as accurate as dedicated Geiger counters, it should be more than enough to inform users of high amounts of radiation nearby.
The phone will be available around the end of July, and judging from the website it is aimed primarily at consumers in Japan.