New wearable device looks like jewelry, but tracks sun exposure
By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jun 17, 2014
What if your jewelry could tell you when it was time to apply sunscreen?
A new UV-tracking product called the Netatmo June aims to do just that. The bluetooth-equipped device, which can be worn as a bracelet or a brooch, hits the market this week, retailing for $99.
According to The Wall Street Journal it “aims to make people—specifically, fashion-conscious women—more aware of their skin's sun exposure.” The paper also calls it “the first smart wearable of its kind” and says it is “designed to look like something that would be sold at Bloomingdale's rather than Best Buy.” It is available in gold, platinum or gunmetal colors.
Here’s how it works, according to The Wall Street Journal: “You can tell the app whether or not you're wearing sunscreen and it will send you push notifications [via your smart phone] when the UV index has gotten stronger—or when it thinks you should reapply some lotion. Netatmo says its recommendations are based on standards from the World Health Organization, which it determines by factoring in your skin type … the current UV rating and amount of time you've spent in the sun.”
Two downsides: the device is not waterproof, and at the moment it is only compatible with the iPhone.