Updated: Thursday, 30 Sep 2010, 3:54 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 30 Sep 2010, 3:54 PM CDT
DAILY DOT COM - If you were ever curious about the amount of radiation emitted from your cell phone now there is a way to find out.
An application to detect how much radiation you are being exposed to on your cell phone has arrived.
It's the brain child of a small start-up company called Tawkon.
Specifically, the company measures the amount of radiation that is emitted from the phone and it uses the phone's GPS technology and accelerometers to gauge the position and proximity of the device to the body to determine the amount of radiation that is being absorbed into the body.
The app alerts come in Green, Yellow, and Red, and offer suggestions on how to minimize exposure.
"Once you get an alert from the application that you are in a red zone, you will also get a suggestion. It can be anything from let's say...changing the position of your phone from horizontal to vertical that could reduce the level of radiation your phone emits, " said Gil Friedlander, co-founder and CEO of Tawkon. "Or via the way you hold your phone. If you cover the antenna, the phone has to work harder in order to reach the cell tower."
The app also provides an in-home or office map that allows users to predict where radiation is the lowest and highest based on their individual usage. The idea is that given this information, consumers can choose to use their mobile phones in areas where radiation is the lowest or they can reduce exposure in areas with more radiation by using a headset.
Currently, the app is available for the Google Android OS, and BlackBerry 9700, 9000, 8900, and 8520.
Apple rejected the application.
The app can be purchased from the BlackBerry App World for $9.99. Android users can download the app for free from the Android Market. Log onto Tawkon's Web site for more information.