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  1. #1
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    14 Make your iPhone a radiation detector

    By Daniel Berg

    Published August 21, 2012

    Laptopmag.com


    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/08/...#ixzz24Nat9kAg
    Worried about radiation in the food you eat or the objects around you?

    Soon, you'll be able to test your environment for different levels of radiation, and other adverse conditions, with an iPhone accessory and application by Lapka. They're calling it "your personal environmental monitor," and it will be able to measure factors such as radiation, humidity, and electromagnetism.


    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/08/...#ixzz24NanArV5

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    Here's a blog post about an android app to add radiation detection to your phone (perhaps tablets too?)

    http://hackaday.com/2012/01/15/turn-...eiger-counter/

    Costs $4.49.

    Doesn't seem to be any free versions of the same type of program out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tristan View Post
    Here's a blog post about an android app to add radiation detection to your phone (perhaps tablets too?)
    The 'sensor' is the camera chip in the software based units, those with no
    plug-in add-ons, so unless a tablet has a camera, it won't work.

    We've tested two versions here, they might have some limited utility, but the
    calibration process is critical to discover background baseline and the software
    multiplier of the tiny camera 'sensor' limited detected events is very inaccurate.
    Also, the battery gets quite a workout and the phone is disabled when in use,
    at least it was on versions we looked at a couple months ago.

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    Interesting trying to use the camera chip to detect ionizing radiation. Wonder how it would work with alpha particles that are stopped by a piece of paper or even beta that can usually be stopped by a thin sheet of metal.
    I am thinking a camera chip just isn't the ideal detector for all radiation.
    Now if someone adds a radiation detector into the phone, Well thats another story.

    They are trying to use smart phone for just about everything nowdays.
    I posted an article weeks ago that shows an Israeli company has an app and attachment to your iphone to do blood testing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryK View Post
    Interesting trying to use the camera chip to detect ionizing radiation. Wonder how it would work with alpha particles that are stopped by a piece of paper or even beta that can usually be stopped by a thin sheet of metal.
    I am thinking a camera chip just isn't the ideal detector for all radiation.
    Now if someone adds a radiation detector into the phone, Well thats another story.

    They are trying to use smart phone for just about everything nowdays.
    I posted an article weeks ago that shows an Israeli company has an app and attachment to your iphone to do blood testing.
    Hey Terry: My main concern is Gamma(Iodine 131??) and possibly high energy beta ( like P32).... Which will penetrate your phone lense with ease...

    Alpha no big deal unless you eat it/ inhale it ( polonium comes to mind ;-) )

    Time to get back to digging my storm cellar/ man cave er Quark cave... with 3 feet of dirt on top....

    Q

    having played with I, P, C and H isotopes before, even spilled p32 on my shoe - damn....

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    presume therefore that any digital camera can be used for the same purpose if true

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