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    Angry Super high EMF radiation from my Gear 2 NEO

    Hi,
    I just got my gear 2 neo a couple of days ago and it's pretty sweat.
    I've used my professional radiation meter (Cornet) and measured it's EMF radiation just to be sure.
    I got up to 1000mw/m2 when I placed it where my hand is supposed to be! That's about 1000x the maximum health recommendation in the EU which is crazy!
    I measure my S4 and it didn't even reach 50-60mw/m2 so I'm guessing the BT on the NEO is class 1 meaning super high output.
    When I turn off BT on the NEO the EMF drops to 0.2-0.4mw/m2 which is safe. But that means my smartwatch becomes a "dumb watch" :-(

    To be honest that's a deal breaker for me as I won't risk strapping a potential cancer generator to my hand so I've re-boxed it and listed it for sale.

    Did any of you think about that aspect? Maybe Samsung can provide a patch that will allow controlling the output level of the BT?
    Any other way to protect against this EMF radiation you guys found?
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    Quote Originally Posted by giliav View Post
    Hi,

    Any other way to protect against this EMF radiation you guys found?
    Get yourself a lead housing for the watch. oh wait, that might attenuate the BT signal somewhat.

    I'm not to worried (as in "not worried at all") about this, as I used to own a Tritium watch. If that sucker didn't give me cancer, I think I'm good to go.
    Verizon Note 2 on 4.4.2 and Gear 2
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    This would concern me as well. However, I have got to believe that there are BT requirements for both cell phones and wearables. Who would regulate something like that: FCC or FTC?
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    Well I solved it Today... I sold the watch (too risky and not worth the risk for the current usage I have for it).
    The FCC amazingly approves up to 100000mw/m2 as being "ok" even though new health recommendations is about 1mw/m2.
    I'm not that of an expert but I've done a lot of reading about it since getting my Gear 2 and I was somewhat amazed to discover this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giliav View Post
    Well I solved it Today... I sold the watch (too risky and not worth the risk for the current usage I have for it).
    The FCC amazingly approves up to 100000mw/m2 as being "ok" even though new health recommendations is about 1mw/m2.
    I'm not that of an expert but I've done a lot of reading about it since getting my Gear 2 and I was somewhat amazed to discover this.
    Not to put you in the same category as either 1) paranoid, or 2) anxiety-ridden, but keep in mind that med students feel they have some of the diseases that they study. Reading can cause problems where none should exist when one searches specifically to prove a point as somewhere out there there will be a point of view that coincides with one's perception. It could be accurate, or it just might be bogus info.

    I don't jump out of functioning aircraft, bungee jump, or stand in traffic, but I'm not going to get worked up about a BT watch's emissions.
    Verizon Note 2 on 4.4.2 and Gear 2
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    wow thanks for letting me know, and to think I was going to get this because I was worried about the radiation from my phone and didn't want to keep it on me at all times.
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    Default Re: Super high EMF radiation from my Gear 2 NEO

    Quote Originally Posted by giliav View Post
    Hi,
    I just got my gear 2 neo a couple of days ago and it's pretty sweat.
    I've used my professional radiation meter (Cornet) and measured it's EMF radiation just to be sure.
    I got up to 1000mw/m2 when I placed it where my hand is supposed to be! That's about 1000x the maximum health recommendation in the EU which is crazy!
    I measure my S4 and it didn't even reach 50-60mw/m2 so I'm guessing the BT on the NEO is class 1 meaning super high output.
    When I turn off BT on the NEO the EMF drops to 0.2-0.4mw/m2 which is safe. But that means my smartwatch becomes a "dumb watch" :-(

    To be honest that's a deal breaker for me as I won't risk strapping a potential cancer generator to my hand so I've re-boxed it and listed it for sale.

    Did any of you think about that aspect? Maybe Samsung can provide a patch that will allow controlling the output level of the BT?
    Any other way to protect against this EMF radiation you guys found?
    I was actually surprised at how far the BT transmission is on the Gear 2. I can literally be up on my third floor rooftop deck on my house while my phone was at the ground floor... and the watch didn't lose connection with my Note 3. My Lenovo can't even keep a BT connection to my stereo more than 30 feet (half way up to my second floor it's already disconnected).

    Having said that, I'm sure the level of radiation is harmless. Just don't strap the watch around your nuts and you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pj737 View Post
    I was actually surprised at how far the BT transmission is on the Gear 2. I can literally be up on my third floor rooftop deck on my house while my phone was at the ground floor... and the watch didn't lose connection with my Note 3. My Lenovo can't even keep a BT connection to my stereo more than 30 feet (half way up to my second floor it's already disconnected).

    Having said that, I'm sure the level of radiation is harmless. Just don't strap the watch around your nuts and you'll be fine.
    Thats a deal breaker! I planned on strapping mine exclusively to my nuts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pj737 View Post
    I was actually surprised at how far the BT transmission is on the Gear 2. I can literally be up on my third floor rooftop deck on my house while my phone was at the ground floor... and the watch didn't lose connection with my Note 3. My Lenovo can't even keep a BT connection to my stereo more than 30 feet (half way up to my second floor it's already disconnected).

    Having said that, I'm sure the level of radiation is harmless. Just don't strap the watch around your nuts and you'll be fine.
    A couple rooms away I lose BT connection (it reconnects readily when I get close enough). Are you referring to pretty much line of sight or just a single wall?
    Verizon Note 2 on 4.4.2 and Gear 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1812dave View Post
    A couple rooms away I lose BT connection (it reconnects readily when I get close enough). Are you referring to pretty much line of sight or just a single wall?
    Three stories up and it still connects. Granted there is a stairway which is technically open where the signal has the lowest path of resistance... but I'm not standing anywhere near the stairway and I'll still have a connection. Line of site (like in an open park) it's probably a good 200+ feet before it disconnects.
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    Guys I had no intention of trolling as I do think the Gear 2 is amazing. That said - you must think about how it manages to keep connected that far off - physics claim it must be made possible via using more energy (as in EMF). I do suggest you read about BT Class 1 (which I am assuming is what Samsung used here as it demonstrates the range).
    Is the radiation harmful? I guess time will tell. You may call me chicken but I have kids and I rather not take the risk and strap a high level EMF device to my hand 24x7.
    I seriously hope Samsung will provide a firmware that will allow controlling the range intensity (similar to what every Wifi router has in its settings these days).
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    Quote Originally Posted by giliav View Post
    Guys I had no intention of trolling as I do think the Gear 2 is amazing. That said - you must think about how it manages to keep connected that far off - physics claim it must be made possible via using more energy (as in EMF). I do suggest you read about BT Class 1 (which I am assuming is what Samsung used here as it demonstrates the range).
    Is the radiation harmful? I guess time will tell. You may call me chicken but I have kids and I rather not take the risk and strap a high level EMF device to my hand 24x7.
    I seriously hope Samsung will provide a firmware that will allow controlling the range intensity (similar to what every Wifi router has in its settings these days).
    Didn't think you were trolling at all. I agree that there should be a way to limit its range. The feature that automatically locks your phone when you're not near your phone is useless to me. I'd prefer that it forces a password if I'm any more than 20 feet away line of sight. Anything more than that and the security feature loses its value. I can literally be five or six offices away from my office and my phone sits on my desk and won't lock. Still, it's better to have too much range than too little.
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    Hello, I want to buy Gear 2, is it danger? How many W/kg ?
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    I measured a peak of 1000mw/m2 on my device.
    Not sure what the SAR (W/kg) is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giliav View Post
    ...you must think about how it manages to keep connected that far off - physics claim it must be made possible via using more energy (as in EMF). I do suggest you read about BT Class 1 (which I am assuming is what Samsung used here as it demonstrates the range).
    The Gear uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy). Bluetooth Class II version v2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate).

    I get about 40 feet in my apartment with one door closed between my phone and my Gear 2. I could never go 200 feet without it disconnecting. Not even close.
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    Is 1000mw/m2 danger for health? What is level?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gega1234 View Post
    Is 1000mw/m2 danger for health? What is level?

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    Well opinions differ (as you can see on this thread).
    Current international standards recommends a 0.1uW/cm2 which translates to 1mw/m2 (FAQs about EMFs).
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    Quote Originally Posted by giliav View Post
    Hi,
    I just got my gear 2 neo a couple of days ago and it's pretty sweat.
    I've used my professional radiation meter (Cornet) and measured it's EMF radiation just to be sure.
    I got up to 1000mw/m2 when I placed it where my hand is supposed to be! That's about 1000x the maximum health recommendation in the EU which is crazy!
    I measure my S4 and it didn't even reach 50-60mw/m2 so I'm guessing the BT on the NEO is class 1 meaning super high output.
    When I turn off BT on the NEO the EMF drops to 0.2-0.4mw/m2 which is safe. But that means my smartwatch becomes a "dumb watch" :-(

    To be honest that's a deal breaker for me as I won't risk strapping a potential cancer generator to my hand so I've re-boxed it and listed it for sale.

    Did any of you think about that aspect? Maybe Samsung can provide a patch that will allow controlling the output level of the BT?
    Any other way to protect against this EMF radiation you guys found?
    You could check this site out and consider one of these pendants to help stabilize or reduce the amount of emf radiation that your body is absorbing. I too believe it exists but also at some point we as humans do need to either compromise and hope for the best or take precautions versus extremes. .. Check this site out http://emfblues.com/ .

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    Gear 2 neo Limb SAR: 0.112 W/Kg

    Front of Face SAR: 0.009 W/Kg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gega1234 View Post
    Gear 2 neo Limb SAR: 0.112 W/Kg

    Front of Face SAR: 0.009 W/Kg

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    I checked and the numbers are correct (taken from Samsung's site). That is totally INSANE!
    Consider that the Galaxy S4 reports a SAR of 0.42 W/KG when you put it on your ear (head) - i.e. in the peak of using it.
    The GEAR SAR radiation is nearly 3xHIGHER and is constantly boadcasting on your hand! :-O

    If you insist on using it I'd say at least wear it on your less used hand. Just in case...
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    Thank u, but when it is 3x higher? This SAR rate is highest radiation. This is when bluetooth is ON, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gega1234 View Post
    Thank u, but when it is 3x higher? This SAR rate is highest radiation. This is when bluetooth is ON, isn't it?

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    Yes it's when BT is on but there's not much point in having a smartwatch with BT off as most functions will not work.
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    When BT is off Gear is completely safe, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gega1234 View Post
    When BT is off Gear is completely safe, isn't it?

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    Yes it is. I measured 0.1-0.2 mw/m2 when it's off which is completely safe.
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    For me, I think wrist-radiation is the least of my concerns in this dangerous world. If the Sweet Lord decides to take me because of my choice in wristwear, so be it. I've been redeemed and I'm ready.

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