iPhone Radiation Dock Will Help Japan Track Impacts of Nuclear Crisis

iGeigie photo

Photos by Nokton via Flickr CC

Japan is still reeling from the nuclear radiation issues following the record-setting earthquake experienced last month. To help, one collective has come up with an interesting device -- a portable Geiger counter that docks with an iPhone. By calling your iPhone, you can listen to the familiar clicks that tell just how much radiation is present in a particular area. The basic idea behind iGeigie is to attach a Geiger counter to an iPhone so that it can be a tool for citizen scientists to collect information about radiation levels where there currently is no data being collected.

iGeigie includes:

- Glass Geiger Tube can detect beta and gamma radiation
- Runs on mophie juice pack
- iGeiger app computes Counts Per Minute (CPM)
- Breadboard architecture allows for continueing upgrades and improvements
- Interface with iPhone through line-in interface
- Ability to call the iGeigie and listen to clicks

iGeigie photo

RTDN.org, "a collective voice helping others stay informed," is behind the project. It is a website providing an aggregate feed of nuclear radiation data from various sources including government groups, NGOs and citizen scientists. They currently have a Kickstarter campaign going to raise funds for a sensor network.

The basis of the project is that there are still many areas where information about radiation levels is not being collected. The sensor network would fill in those gaps. Devices would be sent out to tech-savvy people who will help collect and submit information so that anyone -- from the average Joe to nuclear scientists -- can use it to come up with patterns and solutions.

The group is about 1/3 of the way to their $33,000 project goal, and you can help out.

rtdn map image

iGeigie is certainly an interesting device to help push this sensor network forward. Dvice has a video of a panel discussion at New Context Conference in Tokyo, where a 5.3 aftershock hit while RDTN co-founder Aaron Huslage explained the merits of the project.

iGeigie photo

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