When You Want to Know Your Radiation Exposure #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #tech #science #radiation
I’ve always been radiation curious since I grew up on a street with a nuclear power plant warning siren. Nowadays there are so many places to get exposure, whether it be from a natural source or man-made. How can you figure out what type is dangerous and what about those half-life decay rates? Well according to Engadget, Dosime is a new wearable dosimeter that hopes to add some clarity.
Dosime is a consumer-level startup borne out of the industrial-nuclear-power company Mirion. Scientist Sandy Perle added that the unit contains the same silicon-diode radiation detector that’s used in the safety systems in 90 percent of the world’s power stations. The device is designed to detect ionizing radiation (X and gamma rays), which has the greatest propensity to harm human health.
The unit performs a sniff every four seconds, and along with displaying colors like a traffic light to indicate levels of exposure, it also has a phone app. The user can receive text, email or mobile alerts about conditions. The app also indicates trends, so the user has the opportunity to learn from the data and make smarter choices, when possible, throughout the day.
This is the first time I’ve seen a compact device for measuring radiation and I would love to see a tear-down to take a look at the sensor inside. For those of you who would like to DIY a radiation detector for educational purposes, check out our Geiger Counter Kit. It uses a Geiger-Muller tube and will make some interesting beeps and blinks near bananas. Have fun discovering things in your house that will trigger a response.
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