13/12/2004 - WillauTronic Protection Scandal
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returning comments. However, due to the content of our response they have now
kindly asked for us to remove both their original address and our response, and
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Having electrically tested the Willautronic eSmog handy chip (sampled
provided in November 2004, tests carried out in the same month), we believe
very strongly that this version of the product will never protect you and your
loved ones by reducing or cancelling EMF emissions. If we are correct and
you were to use your phone more, it might effectively put you at an even
WillauTronic, who make this small(3x2cm) aluminium sticker, claim that it
offers protection from the harmful effects of electro-smog during mobile phone
calls. It is intended to be stuck on to the battery of your mobile phone.
Upon examination it was discovered that the gold coloured pattern on the back
of the sticker was just a pattern - it was not electrically conductive and in
fact very closely resembled metallic gold felt tip pens. There is a black
"blob" at the place where you might expect an electronic microchip to be
connected, however on closer inspection it became obvious that it certainly was
not any kind of electronic device. It appeared to be a blob of thick black ink,
and crumbled off very easily when scratched with a mechanical pencil.
We were unable to find any reduction in EMFs at the user's head as a
result of sticking this foil on to the battery as set out in their leaflet. I do
accept that they state that this would be the case, but read our FAQ responses
(Response 2) for explanation of why this is, in fact, very important.
On the Willautronic website, there are some convincing sounding technical
FAQs regarding possible questions on the handy chip - we address their responses
1. Are the WillauTronic devices covered by international patents?
No. The technology and method of "programming" the device is understood by
the creator, Walter Laufs and is locked in a secure vault in Germany with
succession rights. To disclose this unique process to secure an international
patent would disclose the secrets behind the technology and manufacture and
would be copied within a matter of days by those that ignore international
2. Will the WillauTronic devices interfere with the normal functioning of
No. The uniqueness of the WillauTronic design neutralizes the harmful effects
of the EMF without affecting the EMF which in fact makes the phone operate
3. Can you check to see if the device is operating by measuring the
No. The radiation levels relating to the phone remain unchanged. It is only
the negative "messages" on the waves that are cancelled out using the inverse
interference process. This is the unique process and programming of the device
created by the founder of WillauTronic.
4. Can "traditional" medical instruments detect these positive results being
At present there are no known reliable scientific medical instrumentation to
consistently prove the positive effects of these devices. Reference can be made
to the Research section under Scientific Studies (WillauTronic) and see the
relevant independent results so far. WillauTronic has only been in the public
arena for less than 12 months and the results so far are exceptional. The
Testimonial section will also enlighten you to the many people getting positive
But who are WillauTronic?
We have been given a copy of their Product Information and Sales Manual
(Version 01/05). Their carefully crafted leaflet, which actually says nothing
useful about the subject of EMF adverse health effects or about how the "chip"
works, is wrapped up in apparently convincing sounding phrases. It claims that
the chip works on the principle of destructive interference, but not on how it
achieves this - There is a diagram of two out-of-phase waveforms that cancel
each other (which they would do), however the aluminium foil with its printed
pattern does not actually do anything as far as we can determine, so the image
bears absolutely no relevance to the product itself.
As it appeared to be completely ineffective at what it was advertised to do,
we decided to do some investigation into the company behind the chip. Having had
a good look around their website, we found their Independent Business Owner
(IBO) Manual. Now we accept that the point of being a business manual implies
that it will be primarily focused on the business end of the product, but this
is how the manual breaks down:
Page 1: Front Page ("Sales Manual" -- their title!)
Pages 2-3: Background Information (not actually about the product, except for the
final couple of brief paragraphs)
Pages 4-5: Brief diagram and banners of the destructive interference principle and
product guarantee information - no actual explanation of how the product works
Page 6: Background information on Network Marketing
Pages 7-12: Explanation of how much money you can earn with Willautronic via massive
network marketing methods
Pages 13-19: Set up help, form templates and company policies
Now despite the fact that we expected the manual to focus on the business
side of the chip, we didn't expect only two pages to be dedicated to how it
works, and even those gave no explanation of how it works other than an out of
context diagram that bears little relevance to the product.
Having failed to find any more information on how the product worked from the
business manual, it seemed prudent to check out their presentation: it started
with the normal background spiel and ended with the network marketing promotion,
but at least contained some of their "scientific" experiments to support the
product. Still no explanation of how it worked, but at least something to
examine more closely. Our opinions are as follows:
1. Micro Analysis of Blood
These were "dark field microscopy" tests to see the effects of mobile phones,
unprotected and otherwise, on human blood. The first thing to notice is that the
clarity and general picture quality of each of the three slides differ
considerably, which would not be expected from a continuous experiment of this
nature. The third slide contains considerably less blood cells than the first
slide, and the second one appears to only contain one blood cell. More
importantly, there is absolutely no information on the experiment at all, merely
three slides and an explanation of them, with the nastiest looking one
attributed to the phone without the Willautronic chip.
All in all not entirely unprovable with the information given, but very
dubious looking pictures and no scientific basis beyond the quoted experimental
methodology leads us to view this as very weak evidence indeed.
2. Radiesthesia Testing
Firstly it is important to note that, whilst we don't want to be seen to
brand any alternative therapies as quackery without closer inspection,
radiesthesia and radionics have been given a very bad name by historical
practitioners having completely non-functional equipment when examined. The
graph shown in my mind has several very questionable points. Firstly it seems
capable of measuring "energy fields" in your "yin" and your "yang" - not to
sound overly sceptical but it would be most interesting to see how these were
measured and whereabouts these things were measured from. Secondly it appears to
make a claim that using a mobile phone with a Willautronic chip greatly
increases your "vitality", by no less than a 150% increase. As we understood it,
the process of the chip was to eliminate the negative effects of the phone and
no more, we find it hard to see how Willautronic could argue that the chip can
greatly improve your wellbeing over not using the phone at all.
This is even weaker evidence, and without any more information on how the
results were produced, what they really measured and what can be concluded from
them we would discount this as non-evidence.
3. Water Crystal analysis
There are two slides here, one showing a comparison between polluted water
and water exposed to mobile phone radation without a Willautronic chip, and the
other showing a comparison between pure mineral water and water exposed to a
mobile phone with a Willautronic chip. First thing to note again is the poor
quality of the slides depicting mobile phone exposure. It is interesting to see
that they in fact closely resemble greyscale out of focus images of what they
are being compared to, implying in our view that neither using the phone with a
chip nor using the phone without a chip had the slightest effect on the water. A
much better way of demonstrating these supposed effects would be to have one
sample of water, showing an image of a crystal created from pre-exposure water,
an image from exposed with no chip water, and an image of exposed with a chip
water. These could then be compared with known images of high and low quality
Once again, the presentation of the results is so ambiguous that it is
meaningless. The methodology is non-existant in the interpretation of the
results is left entirely to the reader's enthusiasm (or not as the case may
So it becomes apparent in our opinion that there is no certifiable
scientific reasoning or quantifiable experimental results in the FAQs, research
pages, business plan or product presentation suggesting any positive effect from
the chip, other than non-attributable testimonials from people whose identities
have not been disclosed. We understand the need to safeguard contactable details
from testimonials, but this also means that by definition they cannot be used as
good scientific evidence for the product's efficacy.
That said, to be fair we should state that WillauTronic have offered to
subject their products to a full scientific protocol (along lines which would be
satisfactory to Powerwatch) for testing their effectiveness. We will be very
interested to see the results of such testing.
We have now removed all reference to the www.fairtrade.info domain, as it is
no longer relevant to this article.
In the meantime, on the basis of the information we have seen to date, we
believe that the WillauTronic esmog Handy-Chip will not protect by reducing or
cancelling EMF emissions. In fact, if you used your phone more believing that
you were protected, it might put you at an even greater risk.
There are a number of firms marketing what they claim to be personal EMF
protection devices that we believe make dubious claims and may not work at all.
If you are aware of any devices that may fall into this category please contact
us with as much information as you can.