Bodywell Chip for Smartphones, Tablets Reduces Radiation Exposure
Einhorn added that he was not advocating that people not use cell phones, but that they do so with a mindset of prevention. In its literature, EZ Technologies points out that FCC guidelines state that phones should be held up to an inch away from the head, though most users press them to their ears; that FCC SAR guidelines are based on fully developed adults, not children with "smaller heads and softer skulls"; and that the FCC SAR limits were established in 1996, when sans-3G feature phones were the norm. The depth of radiation absorption by the human brain, 1996 research proved, varies considerably between an adult, a 10 year old and a 5 year old. "My feeling about this is: We do not know what is going to happen or not going to happen. But we do know that when there's something that affects people, we need to be careful about what it does. ... You need to be made aware of what can happen," said Nancy Meuller, a neurologist with the Institute of Neurological care, who sat on a panel during the symposium and recommends using the chip."We can't do studies on human beings—it's illegal and immoral—so we have to use our common sense," she said. "And I think this is a perfect example of where common sense trumps scientific evidence. As a neurologist, I certainly would not want a child, or an adult, to have any kind of ongoing [exposure to even low-level radiation]." Einat added, "The word here is: 'precaution.'" EZ Technologies said that some wireless carriers have expressed some curiosity in the product, but for now, it is only available through the company, certain retailers and Amazon.com for $29.99. The chip is made up of an aluminum base, metal and minerals, but until a patent is approved, the company is reluctant to say more. Each chip is guaranteed to last the length of a smartphone's life; Einhorn said that the chips, now three and five years into use, are still showing the same absorption-rate levels. "There was a time when people were resistant to seat belts," he said. "Bodywell is a seat belt for cell phones." Follow Michelle Maisto on Twitter.
Mueller added that brain tissue in children is delicate, and that the human nervous system doesn't mature until the late teens or even late 20s.