The concern over being aware of radiation contamination has gotten to the point that a new smart phone has been introduced that offers the capability as an accessory. Softbank unveiled a new phone that has a built-in radiation detector.
According to Reuters, "Mobile phone operator Softbank Corp said on Tuesday it would soon begin selling smartphones with radiation detectors, tapping into concerns that atomic hotspots remain along Japan's eastern coast more than a year after the Fukushima crisis."Softbank's president stated, "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."
Essentially the phone will have customized IC chips that measure radiation levels in microsieverts per hour. A user can test a location, and keep track of what levels were recorded at each tested location. We can imagine that with the sheer level of fear about contamination, this could be a popular selling feature for the phone. Who knows, we might see the feature pop up in smart phones in other parts of the world as concern over the safety of nuclear power grows.