- Posted April 23, 2014 by
Google Glass Emits More Radiation Than Most Smart Phones
As a body-worn, microwave-emitting device, Google is required by Federal law to test the Specific Absorption Rate of radiation or the SAR for the Glass.
This is a measure of the maximum microwave radiation absorbed by the user averaged over one gram of tissue.
Although Google did not post the SAR information on its web site, the Glass test reports can be found on the FCC's web site.
The official test report indicates that the SAR for the Glass is much higher than the SARs for the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S5, or most cell phones on the market.
In the U.S. no personal wireless device can have a SAR that exceeds 1.6 W/kg. The SAR for Google Glass is 1.42 W/kg.
When asked for a comment about Google Glass and the possible long-term health effects, Google refused a sit down interview but did say in an email, “We've studied design comfort and safety very closely, and we haven't found cause for concern. It’s something we’ll continue to watch carefully.”
Only time will tell if Glass users develop cancer or cataracts. However, consumers who consider purchasing Glass should be forewarned that research suggests that microwave radiation increases their risk of brain cancer and other head tumors.