NOVATO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Green Swan, Inc., a champion of safer cell phone usage, announced today the official launch of Too Close™, Too Close Parental™ and Pocket Alert™ apps for Android smartphones that enhance user awareness of proper cell phone use.
“The non-ionizing radiation transmitted by cell phones is a real concern for all of us as the wireless industry’s technological advancements outpace public knowledge of the available scientific studies that inform consumers of their effects”
The launch of the Too Close™ line and Pocket Alert™ apps coincides with rising public awareness of the issues surrounding cell phone radiation and adverse effects on human health. The apps offer consumers the ability to enhance their understanding of the risks associated with radiation exposure, and remind them to use their cell phones in accordance with FCC and industry standard regulations.
Contrary to popular belief, all cell phone manuals suggest keeping mobile devices distant from the body, not up against the head or ear which is a common way to talk. Green Swan developed a line of cell phone apps to alert users when the device is too close to the body – similar to a seat belt car alarm – for optimum, safer cell phone usage.
Green Swan’s mobile apps provide users with the following features:
- Freedom to ensure better cell phone usage without the need for additional equipment
- Warnings to alert users when their device is closer to their body than permitted by FCC and industry regulation standards
- Always “on” setting provides a consistent awareness to users of the proximity of their phone, allowing a safer distance to be maintained
Additionally, to help teach children proper cell phone use, Too Close Parental™ has a password protection feature to prevent a child from disabling the application, while Pocket Alert™ issues a gentle, vibratory alert, reminding users to either turn “off” or remove the phone from their pocket.
“The non-ionizing radiation transmitted by cell phones is a real concern for all of us as the wireless industry’s technological advancements outpace public knowledge of the available scientific studies that inform consumers of their effects,” said Harry Lehmann, Founder and CEO of Green Swan. “As awareness of the dangers of cellular radiation has moved closer to the forefront of general consciousness, we created a solution to help people use their cellular devices more safely.”
In May of 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency on Research for Cancer (IARC) announced it was reclassifying cell phone radiation as a "carcinogenic hazard," placing cell phone radiation in the same category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. This re-classification, along with pressure from the Government Accountability Office, has urged the FCC to reevaluate safety standards and testing methods used to certify mobile devices. The current FCC protocols regarding cell phone use were based on behavioral studies on the effects of cellphone radiation on animals in the 1980s, and have not been revised since 1996. These guidelines set a maximum radiation exposure level that is based on how much heat is emitted and absorbed due to mobile phones and does not take into account the vast advancements in cellular technology that have occurred over the past decades.
Too Close™ and Pocket Alert™ are currently available for Android smartphones 2.1 and higher and can be downloaded for $0.99 in the Google Play store. Too Close Parental™ is currently available for $1.99 in the Google Play store. Green Swan has plans to create an iOS version of the apps in the near future.
About Green Swan, Inc.
Green Swan, Inc. is a champion of safer cell phone usage, focused on increasing awareness and education on proper cell phone use in accordance with FCC and industry standard regulations that limit the effects of non-ionizing radiation. Green Swan offers mobile users a suite of android apps including Too Close™, Too Close Parental™ and Pocket Alert™ to help people use their cell phones in a safer manner. For more information, visit www.greenswan.org.