Radioactivity Counter

Radioactivity Counter


Radioactivity Counter

This is a real working radioactivity counter. You only need a BLACK TAPE to cover the lenses !!

Disclaimer: The type of radiation picked up by the camera can be dangerous/detrimental to the user's health as well as cause damage to the device.

Its NOT a JOKE! The App is using the camera sensor to detect radiation, like a geiger mueller counter, of course with a smaller area. We tested several mobile phones at the Helmholtz research facility in Munich, using a professional radiation device in the range of 2-10 µGy/h till 1-10 Gy/h (CS137 and CO60). The CMOS sensors can detect primary gamma radiation and some higher beta radiation (depends on the shieldings in the mobile phone). Typically not going into saturation as most GM tubes. See FAQ on our homepage for what you can measure and how.
PLEASE SEND US FEEDBACK via EMAIL !! We add new devices in short intervals.

Attention: the tape must shield the light completely. Please check with a light source !
On our homepage you find several measurement result for different devices we tested so far. Some are excellent, some not that sensitive.
Feel free to use our table to assign radiation values to our counter measurements when you have the same device.
The real values might differ as sensors can change. There we need your help and the help of the manufactures for a future calibration service.
You can use the contact button in the help menu to provide us with feedback and please use it.


If you need any help, PLEASE send us an email. We have cannot answer the comment section below, so please ask us first on measurment problems. We help as fast as possible. Please contact us on any problems you have with this application! Look at our videos, more are comming soon. Attention: The counts per minute (CPM) for the background noise should be low (increase the noise setting if not). This is camera noise not radiation noise basically. If the radiation increases then also counts from the radiation adds to the CPM values (see our tables for the sensitivity). If you have a phone with 200 CPM for 100 uGy/h then the background noise produces for 100 nGy/h only 0.1 CPM. That means in 10 minutes ONE counts in 100 minute TEN counts adding to the CPM0 (noise of sensor). So you need a LONG time to measure for low radiation values on this device. Attention: AM241 (smoke detectors) only emit ALPHA rays, they get stuck in the plastic of the phones. H3 (tritium - watches etc) are beta emitters with 45 keV. They also get stuck quickly, mainly already in the watches. K40 (KCL for example contains 16 Bq/g) are beta emitters with small amount of gamma (due to positron collisions)- you need also a long integration time to measure them. Same for TH rods (2% Thorium) mainly alpha rays, then beta and some gamma. Very small diameter ! You need a large area to detect them (best GM with mica windows). The CMOS sensor of the camera only has 2mmx2mm.
Good objects are TH lenses (up to 30% TH232), pitchblend (gamma of decay products) and CS137 for checking food which might be contaminated (if larger 1 uSv/h). Don't experiment with radiation sources !!!

Features:
* saving raw counter values in 3 different noise levels
* saving temperature data
* saving location (optional)
* saving settings data
* export by email (CSV) or file, CSV / HTML
* export of mean values in Counts + standarddeviation
* unit converter (Sievert, Gray, Rem...)

We just released a comprehensive help on our homepage --
Important you NOISE value should be similar as in our tables, if it is too high check the tape to cover the lense - use multiple tapes if necessary and start calibration again !!! Please before writting a bad one star comment write us we will help you very quickly PLEASE !!!
more videos on our homepage -

instruction and help:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJcOq5sLxPo
some more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsG6JsMAJ_Q

Recent changes:
rev 1.8
new split modus, for better noise handling with low radiations. Help updates new design. Support for the new OS versions. Less permissions needed.
rev 1.7
* higher cover lense level for some phones required.
rev 1.6
* bugfixes for P-02D, Galaxy Note - new camera focus support
* SET NOISE now helps setting noise and background CPM by doing a long time measurement on request after the initial camera measurement
rev 1.5 or older
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Radioactivity Counter

This is a real working radioactivity counter. You only need a BLACK TAPE to cover the lenses !!

Disclaimer: The type of radiation picked up by the camera can be dangerous/detrimental to the user's health as well as cause damage to the device.

Its NOT a JOKE! The App is using the camera sensor to detect radiation, like a geiger mueller counter, of course with a smaller area. We tested several mobile phones at the Helmholtz research facility in Munich, using a professional radiation device in the range of 2-10 µGy/h till 1-10 Gy/h (CS137 and CO60). The CMOS sensors can detect primary gamma radiation and some higher beta radiation (depends on the shieldings in the mobile phone). Typically not going into saturation as most GM tubes. See FAQ on our homepage for what you can measure and how.
PLEASE SEND US FEEDBACK via EMAIL !! We add new devices in short intervals.

Attention: the tape must shield the light completely. Please check with a light source !
On our homepage you find several measurement result for different devices we tested so far. Some are excellent, some not that sensitive.
Feel free to use our table to assign radiation values to our counter measurements when you have the same device.
The real values might differ as sensors can change. There we need your help and the help of the manufactures for a future calibration service.
You can use the contact button in the help menu to provide us with feedback and please use it.


If you need any help, PLEASE send us an email. We have cannot answer the comment section below, so please ask us first on measurment problems. We help as fast as possible. Please contact us on any problems you have with this application! Look at our videos, more are comming soon. Attention: The counts per minute (CPM) for the background noise should be low (increase the noise setting if not). This is camera noise not radiation noise basically. If the radiation increases then also counts from the radiation adds to the CPM values (see our tables for the sensitivity). If you have a phone with 200 CPM for 100 uGy/h then the background noise produces for 100 nGy/h only 0.1 CPM. That means in 10 minutes ONE counts in 100 minute TEN counts adding to the CPM0 (noise of sensor). So you need a LONG time to measure for low radiation values on this device. Attention: AM241 (smoke detectors) only emit ALPHA rays, they get stuck in the plastic of the phones. H3 (tritium - watches etc) are beta emitters with 45 keV. They also get stuck quickly, mainly already in the watches. K40 (KCL for example contains 16 Bq/g) are beta emitters with small amount of gamma (due to positron collisions)- you need also a long integration time to measure them. Same for TH rods (2% Thorium) mainly alpha rays, then beta and some gamma. Very small diameter ! You need a large area to detect them (best GM with mica windows). The CMOS sensor of the camera only has 2mmx2mm.
Good objects are TH lenses (up to 30% TH232), pitchblend (gamma of decay products) and CS137 for checking food which might be contaminated (if larger 1 uSv/h). Don't experiment with radiation sources !!!

Features:
* saving raw counter values in 3 different noise levels
* saving temperature data
* saving location (optional)
* saving settings data
* export by email (CSV) or file, CSV / HTML
* export of mean values in Counts + standarddeviation
* unit converter (Sievert, Gray, Rem...)

We just released a comprehensive help on our homepage --
Important you NOISE value should be similar as in our tables, if it is too high check the tape to cover the lense - use multiple tapes if necessary and start calibration again !!! Please before writting a bad one star comment write us we will help you very quickly PLEASE !!!
more videos on our homepage -

instruction and help:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJcOq5sLxPo
some more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsG6JsMAJ_Q

Recent changes:
rev 1.8
new split modus, for better noise handling with low radiations. Help updates new design. Support for the new OS versions. Less permissions needed.
rev 1.7
* higher cover lense level for some phones required.
rev 1.6
* bugfixes for P-02D, Galaxy Note - new camera focus support
* SET NOISE now helps setting noise and background CPM by doing a long time measurement on request after the initial camera measurement
rev 1.5 or older

Android Market Comments
A Google User
May 13, 2015
Fake Rad protection tech, checked app with a known source, no reading.
A Google User
Apr 8, 2015
It actually works!
A Google User
Mar 19, 2015
Didn't work on Nexus 4, no reply to emails I bought the $4+ app, and installed it to a Nexus 4 with the back lens cover covered with 2 pieces of black electrical tape. I borrowed a real geiger counter and some radioactive samples that read about 10-20x above background when very close to the sensor. One was tested even though a thin metal lid with both this app (and nexus 4) as well as the real geiger counter. After following the instructions and allowing the app to calibrate, it settled on a background count around 20 (I tried it several times, and it was roughly 20 each time). The app does mention something about a 60 minute test but no amount of searching would allow me to figure out how to change that time. After calibrating (~20), tried detecting the samples. What would normally take the geiger counter from ~20 cpm to ~500 cpm took this app from 20 up to 26. It is barely statistically significant. Reviewed the website, noting I should have had more than enough sensitivity to detect this. After failing to get useful results, I sent 2 emails to the developer from their site. Their site asks you to email them before you give them a one star rating. After no reply in 2+ wks. (still nothing) I rated.
A Google User
Mar 14, 2015
Astounding idea Great program, but it will only use the front camera on my devices. No way to change it to the better back cameras.
A Google User
Feb 11, 2015
More discrete than having a geiger counter in your everyday carry Yes this isn't an adjusted official tool. But it's better than nothing. As long as you have electricity when SHTF (solar, generator) to charge your phone, you have some sort of a clue what's up when your cellphone starts ticking. LG P880, Cyanogenmod Nightly
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