Since the devastating earthquake and Tsunami in Japan and the destruction of the Fukushima Nuclear plant, the danger of radiation got very real again. We have already published a guide to personal Geiger counters back in March. Today Scosche announces a great new personal Geiger counter for your iPhone. The Scosche RDTX-PRO radiation detector and app for iPhone and iPod touch is supposed to be as accurate as units that more expensive and larger. The radiation detector requires no calibration and allows users to accurately detect gamma radiation above 60keV within +/- 5% accuracy.
The Geiger counter attaches to an iPhone or iPod touch via the dock connection and is extremely compact for ease of use. It can also be used as a radiation alarm independently from the iOS device. When being used as a standalone alarm the RDTX-PRO runs on one AA battery and provides up to 96 hour of radiation detection.
After connecting the Scosche RDTX-PRO with an iPhone or iPod touch users are prompted to download the free accompanying radTEST app. The app offers a consumer friendly meter display that shows radiation levels as safe (green), elevated (yellow) or dangerous (red). For the advanced user the digital display mode can be used to determine exact radiation levels. Users can also share their results using Facebook, Twitter and Google Maps.
The Scosche RDTX-PRO retail for $329.99 and will be available in September from Synexx in Tokyo Japan. Scosche did no reveal if they plan to sell the iPhone Geiger counter outside of Japan. I do not see a reason why not to.
$10 of each unit sold will be donated to a group of charities with a goal of reaching 1 million dollars within two years.