Tweet your radiation levels with Scosche's RDTX iPhone dongle
In Japan, it’s probably safe to say there’s a gadget for everything. And given a somewhat disastrous year, safety gadgets are likely getting more popular. Nope, there’s still nothing that can reliably predict an earthquake, but at least careful (and paranoid) Japanese can watch out for errant radiation — using their iPhones.
Two new detectors have just been launched by Scosche, the RDTX and the HRDTX. The RDTX requires no calibration, and measures background radiation. The detectors plugs into an iPhone and feeds its findings to a free companion app, from where you can share your radiation levels on Facebook and Twitter. More useful is Google Maps integration, letting you upload data.
Less flashy, but more useful, is the HRDTX, a standalone monitor which plugs into a wall outlet like an air-”freshener” or smoke detector. Instead of having to hook it up to a phone to take a reading, it works away in the background, using LEDs and beeps to warn you. Green means safe, yellow (with beeps) means watch out and red (with a screaming 105dB alarm) means PANIC. NOW!
Both units are available in Japan right now. The iOS-friendly RDTX costs ¥2,100 ($27) and the standalone HRDTX will be an as-yet-unannounced amount more.