This talking doll is amazing…but is it safe?
A new trend in children’s toys (previously discussed at this link of our website) is so-call “smart” toys.
This doll is one of a new generation of “smart” toys and the technology is amazing.
As you can watch at the video on this link of the website of the Geovital Academy for Radiation Protection and Environmental Medicine, when the little girl talks to the doll, it talks back… and not just nonsense, but phrases that make sense.
How does it do this?
In brief, the doll contains a wireless device that communicates with a wi-fi router which transmits the child’s speech for analysis and then transmits a reply that is appropriate to the content of the child’s contribution to the “conversation” back to the doll which then “talks” to the child.
Amazing yes, but is it a good idea?
You will note that in order to carry on a conversation with the doll, the little girl has to hold her toy very close to her head, right in front of her face, in fact.
In so doing, she is exposing her head, including the visible proportion of her eyes (which have no bony covering to provide them with any degree of shielding) to the microwave radiation the doll uses to relay the child’s words to the router…
The amount of microwave radiation produced by this talking doll is significantly lower than a typical exposure when making a call on a cellular or cordless phone…however, children’s thinner skulls mean that they absorb more of a dose of microwave radiation into their brain than would an adult exposed to the same level of radiation.
Moreover, research into brain cancer and cellular and cordless phone risk has shown an increased risk for people who begin using these types of phones prior to the age of 20, compared to people whose exposures occurred after that age.
Is a talking doll (or other wireless “smart” toy) safe?
It has taken decades after the introduction of cellular and cordless phones for their effects on health in terms of the increased tumour risks to become apparent.
So-called “smart” toys represent a new, and completely unnecessary route of exposure to children to microwave radiation (officially classified as a “possible carcinogen” – type 2B – by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer) at a time in their lives when they may be most vulnerable to the potentially carcinogenic effects of this radiation.
Yes, a talking doll is amazing, but is it safe? I wouldn’t bet my child’s life on it and I hope you don’t either.
Special note: There is information to help you reduce identify and reduce the health risks associated with microwaves and other forms of electromagnetic radiation (including how to reduce the risks of unavoidable cellular phone risk at this link: http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/childrens-health-and-development/how-to-reduce-your-exposure-to-emr/ )
Image credit: Thank you to the Geovital Academy for Radiation Protection and Environmental Medicine for permission to use a screenshot from their video.
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There is information to help you reduce identify and reduce the health risks associated with microwaves and other forms of electromagnetic radiation (including how to reduce the risks of unavoidable cellular phone risk at this link: http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/childrens-health-and-development/how-to-reduce-your-exposure-to-emr/ )
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