It is common knowledge that exposure to excessive cellphone radiation can cause health ailments. However, most of us simply do not know how much radio frequency it too much. To allow people to keep a check on how much cellphone radiation they are being exposed to and when it has reached a dangerous level, techies Gil Friedlander, Amit Lubovsky and Ori Goshen created a simple app called Tawkon. The app basically extracts and collects data from a user’s cellphone by analyzing factors like the phone model, signal strength, channels and network type and figures out the amount of radiation the cellphone is emitting.
The app then calculates the Specific Absorption Rate (i.e., the amount of radio frequency absorbed by a human body while the device is being used) and tells the user whether they are at a risk of overexposure or not. In case the app detects the radiation levels to be dangerous, it simply provides the user with a list of alternative actions they can take to minimize exposure. Tawkon is designed to make user-friendly suggestions like using a handsfree headset or a Bluetooth headset and keeping the cellphone away from one’s body, communicating via text or IM instead of making a voice call and moving into an area with a stronger cellphone signal to minimize SAR.
Tawkon also comes with a “family” and “friends” function that allow parents or a group of friends to monitor the exposure levels on other phones with the app as well. This feature would help parents keep an eye on their children’s cellphone usage pattern. The app is also designed to offer a personal warning to children or other connected phones if the RF radiation exceeds a safe level. Tawkon can be downloaded for free from Google Play.