Even though Wired seems to endorse this product, I am skeptical.
A new collaboration between protective case maker Pong and the design firm IDEO attempts to do just that. Gold Reveal is the newest offering in Pong’s lineup of radiation-deflecting phone and tablet cases. With a sleek frame in rich colors and a latticed back that reveals a hint of gold metal, the case is an upgrade from the other clunky plastic options on the market. But more importantly, Gold Reveal is as effective as Pong’s original designs in protecting users from the electromagnetic radiation our cellular and wireless devices emit.
Every Pong case comes with a built-in, golden-hued antenna. This antenna pairs with the cell phone’s antenna to form a small magnetic field, which draws the cell phone’s power away from the front of the phone (where your precious brains reside) and redirects it towards the back and sides of the phone. Pong claims, and Wired confirms, that its cases can reduce the amount of radiation that we come into contact with while strengthening our cell signal.
“We needed to have a design that wouldn’t compromise the technology benefits of our product,” DeYoung said. “It’s important because our antenna’s interaction with the case materials and design can have a big impact on how the product works.”
Will this design and technology really protect your brain from radiation or is just a sales gimmick? Is there really anything to fear from cell phone radiation? That’s not been shown to be true – to date, no study has shown that there is a correlation and there is no plausible explanation for how it could harm tissue.
There are certainly lots of dubious, ridiculous products that say they protect you from radiation but do not. This seems a bit different. Has it been tested?
Would I pay for this? No. It’s a bit of an overreaction and fear-mongering.