Tawkon for BlackBerry - Monitor your Device Radiation

By Michael Hepples on 18 May 2010 12:07 pm
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Cell phones and radiation have been a topic of much conversation since their inception, as well as the butt of more than a few jokes. We have posted several times in the past year about different apps, case studies, and even accessories for your BlackBerry aimed at reducing the risk of health issues caused by radiation from our beloved devices. First, there came RadGuard, an app that claims to monitor the radiation levels emitted by your device, and issues a warning alarm at a particular threshold. We covered Pong Research back at CES 2010, when they came out with their new line of cases that claim radiation-shielding properties.

Enter Tawkon, the latest competitor in the battle against radiation. Tawkon is an app that operates on one basic premise - monitor the radiation emitted by your BB. However, Tawkon takes this one step further in its implementation, not only notifying you of rising radiation and a predefined threshold, but also offering helpful suggestions as to how to reduce the level, without interrupting your normal usage. It attempts to be as non-intrusive as possible, while maintaining the highest possible level of safety.

More than just a simple monitoring app, Tawkon is fully-featured with some impressive tools at your disposal:

  • Predictive Mode allows you to preview your potential exposure prior to making a call, based on current conditions, such as your location on their "radiation zones" map. This is displayed to the user with easy to understand colour-coded signs, ie: green for minimal exposure to radiation.
  • Call Mode monitors your current conditions while in a call, providing intelligent solutions and feedback, such as engaging speaker-phone, or moving back to a previously "safer" location.
  • Statistics - The app also features a full set of statistical data tools, showing you how much radiation you have avoided by using the apps suggestions, accumulation of radiation, and radiation during the last call.

Now live in App World and available in the CrackBerry App Store, it is currently available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 only, with more devices planned for support in the coming weeks (it's a complicated process customizing the application to work accurately with each different device - different radios, etc.). The price point may be a little steep for some at $9.99, but if you're really concerned about the effects of the radiation emitted by your "companion", it's likely worth the investment. It's definitely a well thought out and executed application.

43 comments

Kevin Michaluk

I got a good preview / some education on this app a few weeks ago back in Orlando at WES 2010 from the CEO of Tawkon.

As I've stated before, for me personally I'm a bit of an "ignorance is bliss" kind of guy when it comes to these things, but there were a few very interesting principles explained and observations made as we walked through the app.

One thing I found interesting was that the supposed relationship between radiation emitted from the device given external conditions is actually the opposite of what you might think.

For example, if you drive with your device in the car, the radiation is the highest just before you're about to switch to the next cell tower. As you get away from a cell tower, your device radio has to work harder (and therefore emits more radiation) to maintain signal strength. So while you may not want to live right under a cell tower, actually being close to one - where your device doesn't have to work hard to maintain solid signal - is actually better than being further away from one. 

Likewise, though you think cases would shield you from any potential affects of radiation, it's the opposite based on the same logic -- covering up the device radios with more material forces them to work harder to maintain signal strength.  Thinking back to WES 2010, I'm a bit concerned for Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas. His insanely thick metal-plated battery door covers must have his 9700's radios working in overdrive. He might glow in his next video. :)

Was interesting to see the responsiveness of the app too on these sorts of properties... if you just covered the keyboard/bottom of the device with your hands with the realtime tracking open, within seconds the levels would shoot up according to Tawkon.  So Tawkon's connection to the device radios is definitely deep (it's not a hocus pocus thing... the way it integrates into the device is consistent/reliable to duplicate results given specific conditions).

So again, it's an app I almost wouldn't want to run on my device as I'd rather just blissfully ignore what's going on (especially as a guy who tends to be surrounded by multiple devices), but am definitely impressed with Tawkon's execution of the app itself.

I know we'll see comments on this one that debate the radition thing from both sides... but it's definitely a well-built app worth checking out if you're interested in monitoring this sort of thing. 

nyc_rock

Seriously, what are you supposed to do with this? Dont make calls when the radiation is too high? You know, we're all gonna die sometime. Im not even going to comment on the price.

borderpatrol1987

Also if this pehnonomon was real, wouldn't the new phones be safer than the old ones?

lush242000

This has to be a late April Fool's Day joke right? I mean come on people. Ten minutes in direct sunlight exposes you to a ton of radiation. Do these guys also sell those little pieces of aluminum foil that "increase your signal"?

shankeith

another way to capitalize on fear,

this came out yesterday:

"After spending 10 years and $24 million to see whether cell phone use leads to brain cancer, the World Health Organization has reached a verdict: it's not quite sure."

another inconclusive study

ignorance is bliss

hoosercub

founded..

then they have the audacity to charge $10 for it? lulz

WillieLee

It's a little scummy to profit on the fears of the masses.

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lush242000

Awesome!!! Does it come with a rust preventative or protect against brain clouds as well????

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TallyHo

If it comes with a free ShoesUnder, then I'm game.

papped

I'm pretty sure all this does is monitor the DBM values in terms of "radiation values".

Not to mention, you can do preventative steps like using speakerphone or BT without needing an app to tell you that on the fly...

It wouldn't be so bad if they weren't charging $10

toddw#WN

I agree with Kevin and some of the other people. I personally don't think I would want to constantly see the radiation my phone is putting out. It would be like getting a report every time you had dinner with how many pesticides were used on your vegetables or how many hormones the cow that produced the steak you're about to eat was injected with. I'm OK with not having that info.

enotar

$9.99 !

That should be free!

HipPo13

we should be charging them for coming up with this ;)

birdman_36

I love her accent... very sexy!

davidnc

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How would you know if it was even right :/ also , nvm I changed my mind No deal,lol

SCrid2000

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jjmurray88

being in the tower business, I constantly deal with neighborhoods, schools, individuals and local governments regarding radiation effects. For ever one thing you read about cell sites or phones giving people cancer, you can find 10 things that prove otherwise. The RCR just came out with an article today from the World Health Organization who states that "there is no increased risk of cancer", but of course "more research is needed". Bottom line is, you are exposed to more radiation standing in front of your microwave, watching your pop corn pop, than talking on your phone all day.

sourkevin

I think that girl was a little over exposed to radiation as a child... does she not look like the nurse that was there at the birth of Cpt Kirk in the new Star Trek?

bluegreen1965

First, you aren't supposed to stand in front of your microwave while nuking your popcorn, and secondly, electromagnetic radiation is not the same as solar radiation.

Frank2029

Ok first, the hardware inside a blackberry CANNOT detect anykind of radiation.

Second. take this down from the main page. $10? seriously?

Sparkmaster

Seems her thumb is making the bar move..

wooochang

i have been waiting for an app like this. now i just need an app on how to detect ghosts, and an app that can increase my luck and i'll be set!

shles2

There is a ghost app available, and its FREE! LOL * ghost radar classic

tight_grip

10 bucks yeah alright this company isnt getting a red cent from me

enotar

I think after this review, this soft is soon gone!

CaseyTheRadioGuy

This program shows you the power in Watts ur phone puts out, The worse the signal the more watts the phone you put out, Thus Bringing you into contact with more RF waves. ( Which to me does not seem to be a problem with humans & RF exposure from cell phones ) :)

KPower667

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StormChaser77

For an app that is supposed to help you, it requires money.

Just like the government wants you to go green, but it will bankrupt you.

Gotta eat healthy, but the good food is super expensive.

*sigh*

applesugar

I never ever talk on the phone without one of my six Bluetooths activated. Im running scared but not scared enough to spend $10.00. I think I will buy another Bluetooth with that 10 spot. Ummmmm what to do?

racensave09

I may sound ignorant, but what scientific backing is there behind this. It seems as though this app tracks how hard the radio is working, I'm okay with that. But where I'm getting suspicious is that by the radio working, it's radiation.

If you want to say that because the phone emits radio waves, which it does, it is also emitting radiation. But guess what, if you go outside you're getting radiation, if you use a TV antenna you're getting radiation. I mean come on, does no one else think this crap is going a little far?

nyc_rock

Are blackberry's that much harder to program for than the other major platforms? There seems to be a serious disconnect in terms of what these app developers feel is a fair price for their work. A 9.99 App, any 9.99 app, should bring major functionality or enhance the device in a significant way. For arguments sake, lets just say this app was priced at 1.99. I might just buy it for the heck of it. Just to try it out. But for 9.99? It would need to be one heck of an app. Has the supply and demand principle not taken hold for BB develpers yet?

stoneworrior

Kevin you just showed why you are successful and always will be. People not smart enough to read between the lines will not realize that you needed to put the brakes on people bashing the app. (Or at a minimum give a good show for the developers) All the comments at the beginning where justifiable in calling B.S. on this app. You needed to make the creators of this application happy so you crafted a spin to satisfy both sides. Man if you weren't a Kanuk (or Canuck) you could give Obama a run for his money next go around. This isn't a slam just an observation. Truly, I am impressed. Oh BTW why don't you just ask good old Mihalis "Mike" Lazaridis what he thinks and post it here??? He is supposed to be the "Radio Guru" I bet he has some insight on this. Oh wait, if the news is bad for RIM's business model will we get the real info? I bet not. Now that I think about (oops I meant aboot) maybe I better go back to wearing the foil helmet. Bottom line its all aboot the money folks, on both sides.

IZZY Dead

I have certainly seen you guy's around here spend $10 on more ridiculous software. It might even let you know when the Nuke Plant down the way is leaking. Be Positive!

Gil F

So – here it goes:

Firstly – this lively discussion has been interesting for us to watch and we’ve taken some good notes!

Now to answer specific issues raised:

1. tawkon is not at all about fear – if look at our site (www.tawkon.com) you’ll see we’re all mobile enthusiasts who created an application to help us talk as much as we like, but responsibly. For us tawkon is all about knowledge, empowerment, smart tools to avoid radiation when you need to, without causing you to change the amount or way you like to use your mobile phone.

2. tawkon is far from voodoo – it’s developed by serious cellular & software engineers and tested in a respected RF lab over more than a year and a half. The reason we’re releasing one devices one at a time is due to long RF lab processes for each different device. Those interested can read more about our technology at www.tawkon.com/technology

3. About the price point - your feedback is noted. Interestingly we received no such criticism on the iPhone which typically has lower pricing than BlackBerry, but we’re appreciated of all feedback and will take under advisement.

4. About the ‘chic’ in the clip? She heads our marketing activities and her accent is Australian :)

So bottom line – we understand the ignorance is bliss, but some of us see knowledge as empowering :)

Have a great day as you continue to ‘talk on’! We’ll be doing it in the “green zone” – how about you?

Gil Friedlander –Co Founder & CEO

joshtel

Voodoo? I don’t think so... It makes sense to me. Radiation directly to my head (I don’t sit inside the microwave and I’m cautious not to stand in front of it when its working!) Why wouldn’t I avoid that if its so easy to?

techmktgpro

I met with Gil Friedlander, CEO of Tawkon, at RIM’s WES in Orlando at the end of April and agree that this is both a brilliant piece of technology and an app that should be a “must have” for both individuals and enterprises.

Individuals can use the app to monitor and, more importantly, reduce their exposure to consistent, if low and “acceptable”, levels of cell-generated emissions. While not an alarmist and a user of cellular technology since 1986, it makes sense to know and mitigate the exposure levels.

Enterprises should deploy Tawkon for both the right and the practical reasons. The ‘right’ reason is to ensure the well-being of their most important asset-their people. Cell phones have made employees more productive and more accessible (for better or worse!). Enterprises should be monitoring and informing their mobile users about their exposure and ways to limit it.

Without appearing to be too cynical, the ‘practical’ reason for enterprises to deploy Tawkon is to mitigate their liability over time. By proactively monitoring and advising their employees about reducing their exposure, enterprises will go a long way in providing a defensible position against litigation from employees who might appear to be impacted by cellular emissions on the job. (Think asbestos!)

techmktgpro

I met with Gil Friedlander, CEO of Tawkon, at RIM’s WES in Orlando at the end of April and agree that this is both a brilliant piece of technology and an app that should be a “must have” for both individuals and enterprises.

Individuals can use the app to monitor and, more importantly, reduce their exposure to consistent, if low and “acceptable”, levels of cell-generated emissions. While not an alarmist and a user of cellular technology since 1986, it makes sense to know and mitigate the exposure levels.

Enterprises should deploy Tawkon for both the right and the practical reasons. The ‘right’ reason is to ensure the well-being of their most important asset-their people. Cell phones have made employees more productive and more accessible (for better or worse!). Enterprises should be monitoring and informing their mobile users about their exposure and ways to limit it.

Without appearing to be too cynical, the ‘practical’ reason for enterprises to deploy Tawkon is to mitigate their liability over time. By proactively monitoring and advising their employees about reducing their exposure, enterprises will go a long way in providing a defensible position against litigation from employees who might appear to be impacted by cellular emissions on the job. (Think asbestos!)

BobbieF

Hey All You Mockberries out there...

Product sounds great. If you don't like it, don't use it!
If you don't really know cos you don't have it, no need to ridicule.

I like the fact that the CEO is prepared to come on and answer any genuine questions - they are acting like serious people with a serious product.
Good on them for having the balls to develop a product like this that is actually good for us. Easy to tear them down from the lounge room.

Here in Australia, we like backing an underdog prepared to take it up to the big boys. I say we give these guys the benefit of the doubt - there will be big forces who don't want a product like this to work cos it may reduce the time people spend on phones.

However, if you want to have a go at the T-shirts in the video, well that's a whole different ball game...