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Inside a Cellphone Radiation Testing Lab

Postby sunnyd » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:49 pm

Is radiation from cellphones dangerous or not? As consumers become increasingly glued to their phones, researchers, environmental organizations and cellphone industry groups debate this question. So far, the answer is elusive. But you can find out how much radiation your head is absorbing from any given phone.

In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission sets the acceptable radiation standards for cellphones. As part of the device certification process, all handset makers have to offer a certificate from an independent lab that show how the device rates.

Cetecom is one of those labs. The company, based in Milpitas, California, performs radiation testing on devices like mobile phones, laptops, USB modems and sometimes even ankle monitors used by law enforcement. For each category of devices, the testing process is nearly identical. got a rare peek into the labs when we watched them test the iPhone with and without Pong, a new iPhone case that promises to reduce the amount of radiation hitting your brain by directing it up and away from your head.

The model for the human head is called SAM (standard anthropomorphic model). The size of the head is based on on the 90th-percentile dimensions of the male head, as determined by a study of U.S. Army personnel in the late 1980's - in other words, it’s a big head.
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