The argument as to whether new and old cell phones generate radiation that could cause brain tumors or cancer of the reproductive system has been raging for some time, but now there is a new cell phone that is able to detect radiation and will be able to warn users if they are encountering a potential hotspot.
Cell phone operator SoftBank Corporation yesterday announced that they are set to start selling cell phones that have built-in radiation detectors in order to address fears about radiation hotspots, which might still be in existence along the east coast of Japan following the explosion of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima.
Many parts of northeastern Japan are in fact still off-limits due to radiation levels being still too high following the earthquake and tsunami last year that destroyed the plant, resulting in meltdowns and radiation leaks. Masayoshi Son, the founder and president of SoftBank says that, “The threat from the nuclear accident cannot be seen by the human eye and continues to be a concern for many people, especially for mothers with small children.”
Since the catastrophe occurred in 2011, Son has begun to support renewable energy openly and has become an outspoken critic of nuclear power. He says that the new smart-phones are both smaller and will be easier to use than the Geiger counters that are currently employed to measure these levels.