Earlier this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, L’Oreal announced that it developed a new wearable for skin protection against UV rays called My UV Patch. This wearable is really exciting to me because it could be a helpful reminder to put on sunscreen that doubles as a fun sticker accessory. Christina Bonnington at Refinery29 explains,
My UV Patch is an ultra-thin, stretchable sensor you stick anywhere on your skin to track your personal UV exposure. The one-square-inch [heart-shaped] patch is half as thick as a strand of hair and houses photosensitive dyes that change color depending on how much UV radiation it’s exposed to.
My UV Patch works in sync with a companion app where users upload a photo of their patch after it changes colors. The app helps wearers understand their habits, whether they need more sunscreen, what time of the day they are outside, etc. This is one of the few disposable devices that will be out on the market later this year, supposed for free.
In the meantime, as we wait for My UV Patch to hit the market, here are some other alternatives to choose from.
This wearable by Netatmo is one of the early pioneers in the wearable space for combating skin aging and inadvertently skin cancer. There is a companion app to this bracelet that detects the UV levels and provides sunscreen suggestions to wearers. But the price is a little high for everyday consumers who may be unfamiliar with why they would need JUNE. Because there are competitors on the market that offer cheaper, disposable alternatives, Netatmo will have to spend some more time educating the public. Also, as someone who personally isn’t really a fan of amulet jewelry, it might be helpful if there are future designs where jewel designs that are a little less conspicuous.
Photo credit: NASA
This wrist device is the perfect device for people like me who forget or may not want to put on sunscreen but still want to get their recommended dosage of Vitamin D. UVA+B SunFriend measures the ratio of UVA and UVB radiation to let the user know through LED light flashes on the device that it is time to either “apply sunscreen, go indoors, or put on clothing” according Shahid Aslam, one of the scientists behind UVA+B SunFriend. One of the major credibility factor for this semiconductor wearable device is that it is endorsed by NASA as a consumer good. Because it was developed by Aslam, a Goddard Space Flight Center scientist along with other researchers, that’s an additional plus for me. Similar to other devices and products on the market, there is a companion app available.
Unnamed disposable wristband (SunCatalysts Laboratories)
Photo credit: Paul McErlane/ The Guardian
Another item to keep on your radar, a disposable band set to hit shelves for around $10 a pack this coming summer. According to David Hazafy, one of the scientists developing the technology, the band will use disappearing ink technology that fades as maximum recommended sun exposure is reached.
Featured image photo credit: L’Oreal
Annis Sands is passionate about media + tech + innovation + art + education. She is also the co-creator of Ivy Startup Magazine (ivystartupmag.com).