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Pantone 5 107SH: A Smartphone with a Built-in Radiation Detector

Post-Fukushima, people are more concerned about the radiation in Japan, be it in food or construction materials. After Fukushima, several companies released mobile radiation detectors such as Scosche’s iPhone-compatible RDTX, but they have to be plugged into an iPhone externally.

Now, the Japanese technology company Softbank has released a smart phone Pantone 5 107SH which is the world’s first phone that ships with a built-in Geiger counter. Softbank is the first company to release such a mobile Geiger counter.

It is easy to use and the phone is capable of measuring radiation levels within 20% accuracy. You have to simply press the button under the screen and the radiation sensor turns on. The phone also launches an app which reads and records the number of microsieverts in the surrounding atmosphere.  It is not as accurate as the dedicated Geiger counters. But it is enough to tell users of high amounts of radiation in the air.

The phone comes in eight vibrant colors: black, white, purple, yellow, blue, orange, and two types of pink. It also features an Android 4.0 operating system, a 3.7-inch, 854×480 LCD screen, and a 4MP camera. With all these, the phone looks stylish and trendy.

It will be available in market from the end of July and the company mainly targets consumers in Japan.

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