For those that are still not aware of what Tawkon is all about, here is a brief summary.
The Tawkon app performs a real time check of the level of radiation your phone emits. It uses a graphical display to measure when radiation reaches unsafe levels and when it is safe to make a call.
You can even configure the app to trigger an alert that prompts you to switch to ear phones if the level of radiation goes up during a call.
Of course, the key question remains: do ordinary smartphone owners find the Tawkon app useful?
Well, probably the most important reason one would want to have Tawkon is relatively straightforward – information.
Ever since the mobile phone became a mass market product, the debate about mobile phone radiation has dominated the conversations of techies and the tech-challenged alike.
Tawkon has taken that conversation a little further by attempting to provide some quantifiable measure of just what levels of radiation mobile phone users are dealing with.
In that sense, consumers now have a somewhat independent party providing information they can use to change their actions – if appropriate.
But that is just one side of the story. Accurately measuring real time mobile phone radiation is a fairly complex affair. Still, Tawkon employs several “credibile” parameters to determine the level of radiation the user is exposed to – although there are still obviously limitations.
Nevertheless, Steve Jobs claimed Apple has “no interest” in Tawkon. No real shock there, I suppose. Fortunately, the app will be launching on Cydia instead – the unofficial haven for jailbroken iPhones.