Bodywell Chip for Smartphones, Tablets Reduces Radiation Exposure
The $30 stick-on Bodywell Chip can reduce the radiation that smartphone users absorb by up to 80 percent, EZ Technologies says.NEW YORK — Cell phone radiation falls into a "better safe than sorry" zone, doctors and scientists argued during a Feb. 11 symposium here hosted by EZ Technologies, which is now selling the Bodywell Chip—a $30, roughly inch-square chip the thickness of a SIM card that consumers can peel the back off of and stick to their mobile phones. Cellular phones emit various amounts of radiation, and bodies can safely absorb limited amounts. Each cell phone (listed somewhere in their fine print) has a specific absorption rate (SAR)—loosely, the amount of radiation that it presents to a user's head. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) oversees SAR levels and has designated 1.6 watts per kilogram as the highest safe level for public exposure. The Bodywell Chip, in FCC-approved labs, has been shown to reduce SAR levels by up to 80 percent, without reducing the phone's reception, said Dr. Nachaat Mazeh, a research associate at Beaumont Health System in Michigan, who presented the results of his experiments, as did Moshe Einat, a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the Ariel University of Samaria, in Israel. In testing using a Samsung Galaxy S III on the right side of the head, said Mazeh, the SAR level was reduced by 80.3 percent; used with an Apple iPhone 5 on the left side of the head, it was reduced by 68.2 percent; and when used with an iPad—which EZ Technologies CEO Haim Einhorn was quick to point out is a common entertainment device for small children—the SAR level was reduced by nearly 35 percent.