Img/2012/5/1/app-275.jpgLondon: A new Android app that tells you exactly how much electromagnetic radiation your handset is blasting into your brain, and even informs you when to hold it away from your head has been launched.
The app warns when radiation levels from a phone are high - taking into account the model, and what is transmitting through its aerials, and even offers tips on how to lower your radiation levels.
“Tawkon is a free app that alerts you when your phone radiation level spikes, and offers tips to help you lower it,” the Daily Mail quoted its creators as saying.
The phone senses the activities of components inside the handset that lead to radiation `spikes`, and suggest you hold the phone away from your head - or even hang up.
The app has been downloaded 10,000 times in less than a week.
But iPhone owners aren`t so lucky - the app isn`t available for Apple`s handsets, after it was personally turned down by late CEO Steve Jobs in a terse email that simply said, `No interest.`
“Your phone is already equipped with what you need to protect yourself. You just don`t have access to that information.
“Deep in the guts of a phone`s circuitry, we found that components actually gather radiation-related data.
“We learned how to gather this information and we built tawkon: our app tracks the contributing factors to rises in radiation and simply suggests you to make a quick change — as you begin a call or while you are in the middle of one,” said the app`s creators.
“In 2010, tawkon launched a jailbroken iPhone app (Steve Jobs told us personally Apple wasn`t interested in it; we assume he wasn`t keen on discussing radiation in relation to the iPhone), as well as a Blackberry app.
“In 2011, we successfully launched our Beta Android app, which is now where the core development focus lies. In April 2012 we launched our native Android App,” they added.
First Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2012, 21:05