“Softbank” a Mobile phone operator company on Tuesday unveiled a Radiation-Gauging Smartphone that can measure radiation as consumers in Japan demanding angrily for reassurance following last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The phone, which the company is putting on general sale from July, can also keep a record of exposure in every location the phone has been to, Softbank said in a statement, adding that it can detect gamma rays in a range of 0.05-9.99 microsieverts per hour.
Japan’s top operator NTT DoCoMo at a tech fair last year showcased a smartphone with a changeable “jacket” that measures radiation levels. DoCoMo at that time said they were undecided on the product’s commercial launch.
Many people in Japan remain concerned about radiation since the 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami of March 2011 sparked the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a generation at the Fukushima atomic plant.
Worries over the health implications of the radioactive leak have sent demand for radiation-measuring devices soaring in Japan.