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By Sergey Vladimirov
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What is Radium?

When most people think of Geiger counters, they either think of the black boxes that are only used inside nuclear reactors or nuclear submarines to check for excessive radiation, or bulky devices that are both expensive and difficult to use.

Radium tries to be different - after almost a year of research, our team completed the development of a next-generation device that aims to be affordable and extremely easy to use, without compromising the quality of the provided measurements.

We are going to offer free apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone to wirelessly record readings on your smartphone, with features like geotagging, data export and sms/email notifications.

Radium behaves and registers itself as a standard heartbeat device, so you can easily develop your own app or integrate it via bluetooth with other existing drivers and software.


Why is Radium different compared to typical Geiger Counters?

In four key points, Radium is:

Cheaper - Radium costs a fraction of the price of other comparable dosimeters.We managed to achieve this goal by means of schematic optimisation, selecting the best suppliers for our components, maintaining our margins minimal and also by keeping our team small and efficient.

Smaller - Radium is extremely small, and can be provided as a standalone board as well.The schematics can also be further miniaturised for easy integration on drones, robots, and other third-party hardware.

Integrable - Radium is a complete and easy to use standalone unit, but it is also developer friendly when required. We currently stream the readings to serial communication via UART, and we also use Bluetooth for wireless data transfers.

Accurate - Radium features an advanced, sensitive pancake tube capable of detecting Alpha, Gamma, and Beta radiation.The tube is protected by interchangeable caps, that can also be used to filter a particular type of radiation out. Radium comes with two caps (included in 364 euro reward), to filter either Alpha radiation, or both Alpha and Beta, leaving only Gamma in.

Who should use Radium?

Home owners - In the past, it has been difficult to measure the level of radiation in food. Such levels have been a concern ever since the construction of nuclear power plants, with the latest cause for concern being the Fukushima power plant disaster of 2011, which poured 10,000 tons of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean – to great detriment to the off shore ocean life.
In addition to contaminated food, there could also be several other sources of hazardous radiation in the home environment, such as the presence of Radon gas, or you might accidentally get a product made with recycled radioactive materials

Radium features a state of the art pancake tube which is able to detect significant changes in radiation levels by using a timed count. 

Hobbyists - Radium has been engineered with integration in mind.You can attach the Radium board to your existing project and stream radiation data via either Bluetooth or serial port. Just take the board out of the casing, disconnect the lcd display and you are ready to go! We also offer a devkit version in our rewards, that is cheaper and comes without external casing and lcd, ready to be combined with your hardware.

Research facilities - Radium’s low price point means more personnel can be equipped with professional-grade radiation counters, and it also translates in big savings for companies themselves.

 Radium prototype in action

Measuring the background radiation levels on a commercial flight:

How to perform a Timed Count:

Worldwide delivery with no hidden costs

We make use of Amazon Fulfilment Centres in America, Canada and Europe to deliver Radium worldwide, so you won't have any hidden import taxes when you select your reward. VAT of 21% and 4.2% import tax is included in the final price for EU; 5% GST is included for Canada.

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Music video credits: "Wavelets" by Nakano Syun is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. Video & photography: Anna Vladimirova. Video animation: Pholpo GbR 

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Risks and challenges

Where we’re at:

- Prototyping is completely done, after 4 iterations of PCB all the hardware is working properly.
- The casing has been engineered with 3D printing, and once the design was finalised we used CNC production to create our first batch of prototypes.
- We will need to test and certify for CE and FCC
- We are still working on the apps and firmware for the device itself - we will accept suggestions for features from our backers!
- The final step is setting up the production line. We have already chosen our contractors in Taiwan as we worked closely with these factories in the past, and we are confident we will have another smooth cooperation. We need a substantial amount of orders (the minimum to have a successful campaign) to be able to sell Radium at a low cost price.

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    RADIUM BOX SUPER EARLY BIRD - You will receive a Radium device at a discounted price.

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    RADIUM BAREBONE DEVKIT - Our devkit unit. Just the radium board + Tube. No casing, developer ready.

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    RADIUM BOX + CABLES - Radium Box + a microUSB and UART cable for connectivity.

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    RADIUM CONNECTIVITY PACK - Radium Box + microUSB / UART cables + compatible Bluetooth Dongle.

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    RADIUM PRO PACK - Radium Box + microUSB / UART cables + Bluetooth Dongle + 2 different caps to filter different radiation types.

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    PERSONALISED RADIUM - Radium Pro Pack with a personalised logo on the casing (send us your picture).

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    RADIUM SPECIAL EDITION - Radium Pro Pack with a limited edition red casing, and signatures of the team.

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    RADIUM MULTI BOX - 5 standard Radium Boxes at a discounted price (no cables included).

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    RADIUM + DINNER WITH THE TEAM - For this generous contribution, we will not only provide a Radium special edition, but we will offer you a tour of Amsterdam with a selected professional guide, 2 nights in a 3 star hotel for 2 persons, and a dinner with us at the prestigious Amsterdam Sky Lounge: http://www.skyloungeamsterdam.com/en/. (Flights to-from Amsterdam not included)

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