Japan unveils first new mobile phone with built-in radiation detector

The mobile phone, which will go on sale this summer, is also able to keep track of each location tested by the user for radiation levels, in order to create a wider picture of Japan’s atomic hot spots.

Masayoshi Son, founder and president of Softbank and an outspoken critic of nuclear power, described how the new phone presented a more portable, affordable and user-friendly alternative to a conventional Geiger counter.

“The threat from the nuclear accident cannot be seen by the human eye and continues to be a concern for many people, especially for mothers with small children,” he said.