Have you ever tried to stay away from your phone a day or even more? Well, you probably cannot, as addiction to mobile communication devices is part of our modern life. Nevertheless, with the benefits come the risks. According to many studies, including reports from the World Health Organization, the European Commission, and the Environmental Working Group, our trusted cell phones emit radiation dangerous to our health.
Information, transmitted from cell phone to cell towers or antennas and back, use powerful, high-frequency electromagnetic fields. The level of radiation varies according to the distance to the source and to the frequency of use.
Risks of Radiation Exposure
The World Health Organization has released last May a study warning the public about the potential risks of overexposing to radiation coming from cell phones.
“WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use,”
says the research.
The recommendations are mainly directed to parents who allow their kids to spend too many hours on the mobile phone. The children’s tissues are still growing and therefore, more sensitive to radiation. The radiation has a wider impact to the brain and the effects can be more dramatic. The organization also recommends precautionary measures during pregnancy.
Actually, the manufacturers admit the risks and advise the customers not to press the phones directly against the head. Apple tells iPhone owners to keep the phone during voice calls or other data transmission over cellular network at minimum 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body and RIM suggests the distance should be 25 mm (1 inch) or more.
The kind of radiation coming out of cell phones is called ionized radiation. It is not exactly as an X-Ray radiation, but similar to a low power radiation coming from the micro ovens. So, what to do to keep our brains from being a little cooked every time we use our phones?
Tawkon comes with a Solution
As we obviously cannot push the technology aside and start living without it, there are means to control its side effects. And, here’s where Tawkon offers a solution. This is one of the most interesting start-ups that I discovered at The Next Web Conference in Day 1. The app, developed by three enthusiasts from Israel, allows the cellphone users to monitor the level of radiation they are exposed to. The teams behind Tawkon rely on the simple truth that the safest cure is prevention.
“Tawkon encourages a healthy lifestyle by monitoring radiation emissions in your mobile device, alerting you to make small changes in the way you’re talking to bring high radiation absorption down to safe levels… so you can talk on!”
says the quick description of the app.
Instead of starting a fierce campaign to warn people to use less their mobile phones, Gil Friedlander, the company Co-Founder and CEO, and his friends, Amit Lubovsky and Ori Goshen decided to rely on technology to provide solutions. They have realized that the phone itself contains radiation-related data.
The app collects data from the phone and taps into the device’s internal measurements. The data extracted from the phone are network type, band-GSM, UMTS, CDMA, channel, signal strength, phone model, and more. Tawkon then calculates the phone’s radiation level and the user’s exposure. When the radiation exposure reaches to a dangerous level, Tawkon alerts the user.
Tawkon Thinks About Your Health
Tawkon relies on proprietary technology validated by Satimo, a leading FCC-certified RF lab in the United States. The testing procedures compared Tawkon sensors to very accurate radiation sensors certified by FCC and the results were more than encouraging. At the beginning of this year, the company announced on its website the tests’ result. The report “clearly confirmed tawkon’s effectiveness as an accurate tool to predict SAR levels and recommend changes to reduce users’ risk.”
One would think that this innovation that keeps people safe would draw the attention of the big players in the technology field and the team would receive generous offers for the technology. Well, think again… This is an app meant to keep people from talking too much on their phones, so the phone manufacturers have perceived it as a threat. Two years ago, Tawkon released an iPhone app, which was rejected by Apple. Rumours say that Steve Jobs himself pulled Tawkon from iTunes.
The team saw this as only a bump on the road and move forward. For iPhone users there is a jailbroken app available and BlackBerry owners have their own Tawkon to protect them. The most successful Tawkon app is for Android platform. Most of the users who submitted reviews on this believe that is a must-have tool.