App-Enabled Geiger Counter for Smartphones
Welcome back to the world of Thanko!
When it comes to Thanko gear, our superlatives simply overfloweth. The Akiba-based company pumps out a steady stream of products that entertain, surprise, and are truly useful. Particularly for secret agents in need of a good spy watch.
We even had a few Thanko rodeo/roundups this year:
- APRIL THANKO RODEO PART 1 OF 3: USB Wheel-Powered Gadget Charger for Bikes
- APRIL THANKO RODEO PART 2 OF 3: Fashion-Forward 1080p Video Spy Glasses
- APRIL THANKO RODEO PART 3 OF 3: Two Extra Arms to Hold Your Gear
Back in August we brought you:
- Underwater Goggles with Built-In GoPro Mount (AUGUST THANKO RODEO PART 1 OF 3)
- USB-Powered Portable Hot Glue Gun (AUGUST THANKO RODEO PART 2 OF 3)
- Solar-Powered iPhone 6 Battery Case (AUGUST THANKO RODEO PART 3 OF 3)
Today’s Thanko: App-Enabled Geiger Counter for Smartphones
Okay, we were skeptical on this one at first glance, but these devices do exist: what we’ve got here is a plug-and-play Geiger counter that fits any smartphone headphone jack (iOS or Android - no love for Blackberry until they finally give up and accept their Google overlords). It’s definitely the smallest we’ve ever seen.
Thanko isn’t the OEM here, the Smart Geiger is actually made by a Korean firm called FTLab, with Thanko distributing here in Japan. The dongle is as simple as can be, and the app looks well made, but of course that’s hard to ascertain from screenshots.
If Thanko and FTLabs video tests are to be believed (see below), the Smart Geiger dongle is every bit as effective as stand-alone handheld Geiger counters that run well into three figures - whereas this one is ¥4,980 (~$42). They do of course include the caveat that this device provides general reference data and not necessarily highly accurate, definitive measures.
- Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 47mm (32mm when plugged-in)
- Weight: 6g
- Smartphone Compatibility: iOS 7+; Android 2.2+
- Radiological Sensing: Gamma Rays; X-Rays
- Sensor Range: 0.1 ~ 200 uSv / h
- Price: ¥4,980 (~$42)
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Videos from FTLabs: