Put away that tin foil hat. A London-based company has come up with a device it claims meters potentially harmful pollution resulting from nearby wireless technologies--or what's being described as electrosmog.
Enter the Electrosmog Detector. The portable battery-powered device has a speaker that signals if there is a large concentration of activity in the wireless spectrum between 50MHz and 3000MHz. That's the frequency that includes cordless phones, cell phones, wireless computer networks, 3G Bluetooth, baby alarms and microwaves.
Sensory Perspective, which developed the 5.78 inch by 3.3 inch device, said it wanted to let people actually hear the pulsing sounds of microwave frequency signals to show how wireless technology has gotten to a point where it is becoming a health hazard.
The company cites several cases that support a need for its product. Sensory Perspective notes reports out of Sweden, where 285,000 people are registered as disabled with local heath authorities because of a condition the British Department of Health, the Health Protection Agency and the World Health Organization call electrosensitivity or electrohypersensitivity, or EHS.
Adverse health effects from EHS include chronic fatigue, depression, headaches, epilepsy, behavioral changes in children, disrupted sleep patterns and skin complaints, Sensory Perspective said.
The company said its research shows that between 3 percent and 5 percent of the general population could be at risk from this so-called electrosmog.
However, research on the ill-effects of wireless technology remains inconclusive.
The product is only currently available in Europe and Sensory Perspective did not indicate if it would sell the device overseas.