NTT DoCoMo unveils a smartphone with changeable jackets that measure bad breath, body fat and radiation levels
Japan’s top mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo on Thursday unveiled a smartphone with changeable jackets that measure bad breath, body fat and even radiation levels. DoCoMo developed the technology that allows users to measure their own bodies or surroundings by slipping their smartphones inside sensor-embedded shells. DoCoMo will show off three kinds of jacket for use with a model of smartphone loaded with the appropriate software. As well as radiation, the company said it would also demonstrate a case that determines if the holder has bad breath or smells of alcohol as well as checking levels of skin-damaging ultraviolet light. A third case, dubbed as health management jacket, will measure body fat and muscle bulk.
Many Japanese have been nervous about radiation since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11 that sparked a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima atomic plant. The tsunami knocked out cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi, sparking meltdowns that sent radioactive materials into the air, soil and sea. Worries over the health implications of the leak, which is still not plugged, have sent demand for radiation-measuring devices soaring in Japan. DoCoMo will showcase the technology at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, a fair featuring the latest in high-end gadgetry, starting in early October near Tokyo.