Pantone, makers of beautiful color palattes, covetable quirky items and now a radiation-detecting smartphone? Well, the Pantone 5 107SH is actually from Softbank, a Japanese cell phone carrier, but it’s designed and named after the popular color-matching supplier.
The phone has a built-in Geiger-like counter that measures radiation within 20-percent accuracy. It measures high frequency nuclear and gamma radiation through an integrated app. A button on the keypad prompts the app to open up and measure the number of microsieverts (radition measurement unit) in the air. While not as powerful as actual Geiger counters, it might be good for people who reside near the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster area.
All of the seriousness of the phone’s radiation detecting capabilities is softened by the fact that the phone is available in yellow, blue, pink and other Pantone hues. On the mobile side, the phone runs on Android 4.0, has a 3.7 inch screen, 4 MP camera and a 1.4 gigahertz processor and should be available in July.
via Venture Beat