Radiation in the movies and comic books may seem cool as it may provide superpowers such as the Fantastic Four or the Hulk. In real life radiation and prolonged exposures is known to cause cancer. This past August saw the publishing of Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern; a document authored by forty leading scientists warning about the use of cell phones and their emission of radiation.
Pong Research is a new company whose focus is on improving environmental health. This past week they released their first product the Pong Case for iPhone 3G/3GS. This is a protective case is designed to reduce the user’s exposure to radiation emanating from the cell phone. It is a silicon case designed with proprietary technology that directs the phone radiation away from the user’s head.
According to Pong Research their case decreases something called the specific absorption rate (SAR) by 60% and reduces intense hotspot cell phone radiation by 85%. Pong Research has an FCC-certified laboratory to support their claims. They plan to release a Blackberry model later this year with other cells phones down the line.
The Pong Research iPhone case comes in a cardboard package with the words reduce radiation on the front foldout cover. Behind this cover we see the features of the case on the left-hand side with the iPhone case visualized on the right through a plastic window which details how the device works. On the back are some facts about cell phone radiation and a few features about the case.
Upon initial inspection the Pong Case for iPhone 3G/3GS does not look much different from other silicone iPhone cases. It comes in either black or green and has nice rubbery grip. It feels like a rubber tire in texture. The case features openings for the camera, headphones, dock connector, and volume controls.
Once you look inside the case is where you will notice its difference from all other iPhone cases.
Inside is a series of Pong Gold PCB Modules which run from the bottom to just below the camera opening. These panels help direct the radiation away from the iPhone and case. It works via chimney effect; pulling the radiation away from the phone. In addition, this design allows the phone to maintain its full signal strength and not have a negligible effect on phone function or battery life.
The first scientifically-proven radiation reduction case. Let the embedded Pong module protect your head while the form-fitting case protects your iPhone 3G and 3GS from the rigors of heavy duty use. Pong’s special silicone formula guarantees that your phone maintains full signal strength and battery life. Designed by a leading industrial design firm.
Pong Gold PCB Module
Durable iPhone 3G and 3GS protection
Lightweight Silicone Case
Easy access to all controls and device features
Radiation is a form of energy. Your cell phone antenna emits powerful radiation in order to send and receive signals to and from the wireless network. The hazard is that the antenna also radiates its energy into your headspace.
Pong uses a patented physics-based solution to redirect the flow of this energy.
Through the proven science of passive antenna coupling, Pong channels the radiation through its laddered ‘chimney’ up and away from your head. Full signal strength is maintained, so your phone’s function and battery life are not compromised.
Once redirected, the harmful radiation quickly dissipates and poses no threat to you or those around you.
Testing and Certification
In 2004, the FCC conducted an investigation of numerous products claiming to reduce cellphone radiation. All claims were found to have no scientific basis. Pong is the first product to meet international testing standards for SAR reduction and has been verified by industry leading laboratory Cetecom to reduce SAR for the iPhone 3GS in the WCDMA 1900 by over 60%.
"CETECOM performs regulatory services required before release to the US, Canada, and European Union markets. Specializing in wireless technologies such as GSM, WCDMA, Bluetooth, and 802.11x, CETECOM provides radiated and conducted emissions and immunity testing for the following:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Industry Canada (IC)
CETECOM is a recognized TCB (Telecommunication Certification Body) capable of issuing FCC approvals. CETECOM Inc. performs SAR measurements according to U.S., Canadian, European, and Australian standards for devices operating within the frequencies of 800MHz and 6GHz. Such standards are accepted in most countries in the world." For more information: www.cetecom.com
IMPORTANT NOTE: SAR ONLY MEASURES THE AVERAGE RADIATION YOUR CELL PHONE EXPOSES YOU TO OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. IN FACT, WHENEVER YOUR CELL PHONE SEEKS A SIGNAL FROM THE CELL TOWER, IT GENERATES A POWERFUL SPIKE OF MAXIMUM INTENSITY RADIATION. WITH NEWER SMARTPHONES, WHICH SEND AND RECEIVE DATA CONSTANTLY, THESE SPIKES CAN OCCUR MANY TIMES EVERY MINUTE. SPIKES CAN BE UP TO TEN TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN THE FCC-PERMITTED SAR LEVELS, AND THEREFORE MAY BE HAZARDOUS NOT ONLY WHEN YOU’RE SPEAKING ON THE PHONE, BUT ALSO WHEN YOU’RE NOT USING IT.
Same as with most silicone cases the iPhone slides through the front of the case. The Pong Case for iPhone 3G/3GS sits snuggly around the iPhone and adds some additional mass to the iPhone. The case is a little bit heavier than most others due to the radiation deflecting material in the back.
Access the iPhone was easy as all the switches and openings were readily available. Signal strength and phone functioning was not diminished with the Pong Research iPhone case on.
The Pong Research iPhone case feels durable in one’s hands and seems like you could withstand a fall from a moderate height. In fact, while I was testing this case I did drop it with my iPhone onto the cement. It landed on the corner edge of the case saving my iPhone from certain doom.
Unfortunately there is no way for me to test the radiation diffusing capabilities of the case. The fact that it was tested by FCC-approved laboratories CCS and Cetecom does make me feel comfortable in the validity of this product.
Cell phone radiation is something we are all exposed to by our own choosing. We wear sun screen to avoid skin cancer, why don’t we protect ourselves from cell phone radiation? The Pong Research iPhone case is a simple way to do that as well as protect your iPhone. As a silicone case it is well made. The additional feature of cell phone radiation reduction is what sets this case apart from all others. If you are the least bit worried about cell phone radiation exposure then this is the case to get.
+Helps protect the user from cell phone radiation
-Add some weight to iPhone
-Only available in two colors
-Expensive compared to other silicone cases.