Built-in Radiation Detection is Japan's Newest Mobile Phone Tech Trend

By Gary Cutlack on at

Japanese mobile network Softbank has announced a plan to release a mobile phone that can detect radiation in post-nuclear-apocalyptic areas of the region, and no, it's not just some silly joke app or a clumsy add-on.

The latest model in the network's Pantone mobile series includes a custom radiation detector manufactured by Sharp, that counts radiation levels in the standard microsieverts per hour format. Location aware features will also allow users to document where they tested for radiation, creating little maps of places never to go to for the next 50,000 years.

The launch of the phone was rather bizarre, featuring Softbank founder and president, Masayoshi Son standing in front of a photo of the stricken Fukushima plant, telling his audience 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."

And to think we're excited about NFC. The phone hits Japan this summer. Here's hoping there's some sort of massive nuclear meltdown in the UK, so we can get it over here too. Or maybe not. [Reuters -- Thanks Udimion]

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