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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Japan's New Normal

Posted by on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Where there's crisis, there's opportunity:

Mobile phone operator Softbank Corp said on Tuesday it would soon begin selling smartphones with radiation detectors, tapping into concerns that atomic hotspots remain along Japan's eastern coast more than a year after the Fukushima crisis.

[...] The smartphone in the company's "Pantone" series will come in eight bright colours and include customised IC chips made by Sharp Corp (6753.T) that measure radiation levels in microsieverts per hour.

Next up, smartphones with built-in Godzilla detectors for the inevitable tragic consequence.

(via rob!)

 

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Vince 1
Election years call for a smartphone bullshit meter, too.
Posted by Vince on May 29, 2012 at 1:18 PM · Report this
Zebes 2
That's all well and good, but do they have smart toilets that measure the radioactivity of your urine?

No?

They will.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on May 29, 2012 at 1:24 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
Brings new meaning to the phrase "pee on a stick" if they do, Zebes.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on May 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 5
I want the Goldyphone.... you switch it on it says- NUKES! WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE!!! HELLLLLPPPPP!
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arschbombe on May 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 6

Facebook will allow you to share Roentgens with your Friends.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on May 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
Zotz 7
If this is not Snopes bait, it's actually a good idea for a couple of reasons:

1. It'd teach folks about the everyday radiation we all encounter and maybe allow some perspective other than horror.

2. The real concerns of Fukishima radiation and contamination (air, water, food) are basically being ignored by the people over here who are supposed to pay attention and give us a heads up. It'd be nice to personally monitor the radiation in my salmon and tuna, thank you very much.

Oh and also too:: There's MOX fuel (contains plutonium) in No. 4 with a half-life of forever as far as humans are concerned. A speck, if inhaled, is automatic cancer.
Posted by Zotz on May 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM · Report this
ScandalMgr 8
How about a smartphone that monitors your voting registration status? so that when FL Gov. Rick Scott challenges your citizenship, you can stay registered...
Posted by ScandalMgr on May 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM · Report this
tjsander 9
Godzilla detectors have been in phones since Softbank (then J-Phone) introduced them in 2002. These detectors and the Godzilla Jouhou (情報) Information System Manager (Godzilla JISM) saved countless lives in the Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. disaster of 2003 and the Final Wars of 2004.

Godzilla has not appeared in Japan since.
Posted by tjsander http://3button.info on May 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM · Report this
prompt 10
There is no way that a phone could physically measure radiation levels. Not possible unless it was the size of an 80's cell. This is almost as shameless as those commercials that advertise the Bin Laden death commemorative coin.
Posted by prompt on May 30, 2012 at 12:30 AM · Report this
rob! 11
@10, see the links @4, in which the CMOS sensor of the phone's camera is employed. Your knee-jerk skepticism interferes with understanding.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on May 30, 2012 at 5:52 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
Whatever, my Pip-Boy already has a Geiger counter in it, and the sweetest GPS system I have ever seen.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 30, 2012 at 6:52 AM · Report this

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