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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.

+ Softbank

Via Wired


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  1. MO Nuker July 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    This type of technology is definitely not something for untrained individuals. There is so much to understand about ionizing radiation, the various types, what type the detector is setup for, what normal background radiation is in the area you are in, what changes your seeing on the “display” could possibly mean, and the list goes on. There is a very specific reason why, especially in the US, radiation personnel are trained as extensively as they are. I am a National Registry of Radiation Protection Technicians certified Sr. Radiation Protection Technician, Gamma Spectroscopist, Environmental Radiation Technician, Radiation Dosimetry Specialist, and a Nuclear Emergency Radiation Dose Assessment Technician. These titles don’t appear because I dropped out of high school at 15, or because I have an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. This requires extensive education, training, and experience to work your way into learning the intricacies of monitoring for radiation. By the time the average Joe with his toy GM (Geiger-Mueller) detector on his Pantone 5 detects a dangerous level of radiation he’ll most likely already be dead. Detecting radiation is not some game to be played by the likes of morons with the tiny skillset of building smartphone apps.

  2. northern nuke May 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Instruments such as these are not very useful for monitoring background radiation. The sensitivity of such products is so low that the counting statistics are poor. Users may be confused by the resulting variability in the readings. Potential customers may wish to consider investing their time in learning more about ionizing radiation rather than spending their cash on what may prove to be a frivolous toy.

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