Vice Japan Covers Recent bGeigie Build Event

Recently, we held a build your own bGeigie Nano workshop at our offices in Shibuya, Tokyo. We’d been talking to the great folks at Vice Japan for a while and they decided they wanted to join the workshop and build a geiger counter for…

Monitoring Fallout Decay

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One of the great utilities of the Safecast project is the ability to collect and analyze environmental data on an unprecedented scale. As Safecast passes the two year mark with collecting radiation data in Japan it is now possible to begin to look back…

The bGeigie Nano Kit

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The biggest limitation Safecast has faced in collecting data is the limited availability of our workhorse device, the bGeigie. The design works great, but it’s expensive (each one costs us about $1000) and time consuming (building one can take an entire week) which results…

Citizen science and air quality monitoring in Tokyo

As you may have recently heard, the city of Beijing recently went off the scale for established measurements of the amount of particulate matter in the air.  As of the 13th of January the U.S. embassy, the only publicly reporting monitoring station in the…

Information, Misinformation, Disinformation (or, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”) Part 1

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“YOU CAN’T ALWAYS FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR…..” [Skip to Part 2] At Safecast we assumed from the start that our data should be accurate, easy to understand, informative, well-visualized, and easily accessible. In many respects this simply reflects “best practices” in information design,…

Information, Misinformation, Disinformation (or, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”) Part 2

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GOVERNMENT MONITORING POSTS [Part 1 here] In recent months there has been a fair amount of controversy concerning the accuracy of the radiation monitoring posts the government has installed all over Fukushima prefecture, and in some neighboring prefectures as well. We wrote about it…

Building bGeigies in Aizu

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Hikone 2012-12-19 From One Spike to 45 Blinking LED’s. From one Spike on a Software Scope in a Brazil Bar in Tokyo to 45 Blinking LEDs, the Sound of Fake Digital Crickets in a Science Room in Aizu. (A short summery of part of…

Safecast Geiger Counter Limited Edition!

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Earlier this year we announced a new geiger counter, designed by bunnie that we were hoping would be in production soon. We’re excited to announce two things – Firstly International Medcom is full steam ahead on a full production run of these devices that…

Monitoring Air Quality

When we founded Safecast we were very aware that Radiation wasn’t the only invisible environmental factor around us that people should have more data about. It was the most pressing and the spark that set this in motion, but we wanted to keep the…

Safecast Geiger Counter Reference Design

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The following is a post by contributing author bunnie, mirrored from the bunniestudios blog. This past weekend marked the anniversary of the Tohoku-Oki earthquake that devastated Japan. I had not felt my blood so cold since I watched the twin towers fall almost a…

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