Radiation-Watch.org, an open and non-profit project formed up in Japan, took an excellent approach to develop and launched very inexpensive and smart radiation detectors to the international market. The organization is supported by a variety of people, such as scientists, engineers and designers on a global basis. The organization surprisingly enough to have designed, developed manufactured, and launched the first model, Pocket Geiger Type 1 within just three month soon after the team made its decision to get the thing done. All of the team members shared their own expertise on purely good will basis using their off-times, weekends and nights in weekdays.
Needless to say, scientific, technological and engineering expertise the team members hold are the first class while there were three key factors for the successful fast launch of the high quality radiation detector. Firstly, they used Kickstarter to get financial support for the project. Using the system, Radiation-watch team could not only get financial support on global basis but also was able to expose the team in the global market simultaneously and in parallel to connect to so many people in the world who had good ideas to fill up or improve parts of the whole process. Secondly, they tried to have a manufacturer in the Tohoku disaster area where the big earthquake hit on March 11, 2011. Actually, the entity the team contracted manufacturing is located in the area. It should be obvious that the contract manufacturing must have been so encouraging the company to revive its business from the catastrophic disaster. Third point is that the product, Pocket Geiger assumes computing capability of the other products, such as iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android based.
The combination of the three key factors brought the team successful results while every participant in the project must have willingly shared each part of idea to create the big picture of the whole process through delivery of Pocket Geiger.
The author of this article believes that Pocket Geiger must be one of the typical model of Steven John’s discussion on “Where good ideas come from “
On July 1, 2013, Pocket Geiger received the honorable RedDot Design Award, which is an international product design prize given by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. According to the jury, “The Pocket Geiger is cost-effective and simple to use, so it thus contributes the safety of people in the region affected (by the reactor accident in Japan)”