Prevent Sunburns with a UV Monitor Wristband

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland have created a portable UV monitor which “warns users when they have been exposed to a certain amount of UV (ultra-violet) radiation by changing colour as the risk of over-exposure progresses, giving a visual warning of when it is time to get out of the sun”.

[box type=”note”]The technology will be commercialised by Swedish-based company Intellego Technologies, established by Swedish entrepreneur Claes Lindahl, which aims to have it available for spring 2013, and will initially be available as a wristband[/box]

The monitor/wristband will work by changing colour from yellow to pink as your risk of sunburn increases.  ” It operates through an acid-release agent which picks up ultraviolet light and a dye which responds to pH levels in the indicator. The agent is decomposed by sunlight, leading to the rapid change in colour”.

And since there are approximately 200,000 new cases of malignant melanoma diagnosed globally every year….I think that there is a HUGE market for this invention.


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Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

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