NNT Data makes surveying hazardous radioactive environments easier, using a Google Glass-esque wearable integrated system that actively monitors surrounding radiation levels.
Mapping out restricted areas in radioactive zones helps in determining borders, where hazard lines should be placed. But despite modern safety guidelines, advanced radiation measuring devices and better hazmat suits, the job is still potentially dangerous, as every second of exposure can make the effects of ionizing radiation more and more fatal.
NTT Data (a subsidiary of Japanese telecommunications company NTT), in an effort to further systematize surveying and investigative operations in irradiated areas, has developed a new prototype system that would integrate radiation measuring devices onto a single network. Named as the Radi Borg, the new wearable system is designed actively check radiation levels within a radiation-hazard area, accurate up to a single microsievert of ionizing radiation. True to its name, it helps the wearer to continually “adapt” to surrounding radiation levels within a specific area. It can give early visual warnings when the wearer is about to reach no man’s land for example, or provide preemptive alert notifications about near critical exposure levels.
More than just a live measurement system however, the Radi Borg would also be connected to a “collective consciousness” of databases and other computer networks. Think of an analog Geiger counter that is connected to Google Glass, which of course is then connected to a mobile device. This potentially allows the system to freely exchange data between cloud-based databases across research facilities and anti-disaster establishments.
Needless to say, the Radi Borg is simply a monitoring system. It doesn’t really help in directly protecting the user from radiation. However, the possible benefits of the system could help lessen the overall extent of the risk, and the precious data that it would collect can be used for a wide variety of preventive safety purposes.
Prototypes for the Radi Borg system is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month, followed by the eventual mass production of the completed version around July this year. The estimated price of one complete Radi Borg unit is roughly equivalent to $14,600.00.