Tomorrow is the first day of summer and that means more people are spending time outside to enjoy the sun. However, too much sun exposure can cause sunburns and skin cancer. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer found in the United States yet less than one third of people use sunscreen on a daily basis. The New York Times recently published an article on wearable devices that can help remind people to wear sunscreen. Here is list of some devices discussed in the article:
- JUNE: This leather bracelet with a jeweled centerpiece has a UV sensor that tracks your exposure to the sun. It also comes with a free app (currently only available on iPhones) that lets you know how much UV radiation to expect from the sun each day and suggests ways you can protect yourself from the sun based on the personal information you provide about your skin. The price for this new device is currently $91.06 on Amazon and for $129 on their website.
- Another new wearable device in the market is Violet. You can clip on the device to your clothes or wear it as a bracelet. Information gathered from Violet can be synced to your iPhone and Android phones. Like JUNE, it tracks UV exposure and notifies you when it's time to wear sunscreen or to stay in the shade. It even monitors how much vitamin D you are getting throughout the day based on your personal information (e.g. your skin type, the SPF on the sunscreen you're using, etc.). Its retail price is $129, but you can pre-order the device now for $99.
- If JUNE and Violet are too expensive, there are disposable wristbands and stickers that change colors to remind wearers to reapply sunscreen or to stay under a shade. One of the featured wristbands on the article is UVSunSense. You can buy a pack of seven wristbands for $7.40 on Amazon.
- Sunburn Alert also makes bracelets and stickers that lets wearers know when to reapply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun. A pack of 12 stickers or a pack of wristbands cost $12 and you can find them in many different retail stores such as your local Walmart or CVS.
- SunZapp is a recent app funded by the National Cancer Institute, which is available on iPhones and Androids. Like high-end devices, the app provides information tailored to the person using the app by asking questions (e.g. skin type, location, environmental conditions, sunscreen, etc.). Then, it gives you a sun forecast and alerts you when you have to reapply sunscreen or when you should stay out of the sun because UV rays and sunburn risks are high. You can create up to five profiles, which means you can also keep track of multiple people's sunburn levels simultaneously on your phone.
Do you think these devices are helpful? Have you personally used them? Let us know!