There are few things more embarrassing than being caught in an all-out thermonuclear war and realizing that you’ve forgotten your Geiger counter.
To prevent this social faux pas, MTM has released its Special Ops RAD watch. Available in black or silver (gray has already sold out) titanium cases, the RAD watch includes an integrated Geiger-Müller tube for measuring exposure to harmful ionizing radiation.
We’ve seen a Geiger counter peripheral for an iPhone before, peripherals that turn an iPhone into a Geiger counter, but the RAD watch is the first time we’ve seen such a particle detector integrated into a wristwatch – if you ignore the watch James Bond wore in Thunderball, of course.
The watch doesn’t just measure single-dose gamma ray levels, but also cumulative exposure from 0.0001 to 9999 millisieverts and dose equivalent rates up to 4,000 microsieverts per hour. Additionally, the wearer can preset a maximum radiation threshold up to 9,999 millisieverts, after which an alarm will sound.
Users can switch the display between dose equivalent rate or accumulated dosage radiation readings, which can both be displayed graphically or as a digital readout. And for those with trouble deciphering analog watch faces, the digital readout also offers a third display option – the time.
According to MTM, the RAD watch is not a toy, but is intended for “radiation related professionals and radiologic technologists.”
via Gizmag – David Szondy
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