Being dubbed as the largest organ in the human body, our skin requires quite a lot of attentions. Going to the beach when the sun is high might seem like a good idea, but in reality, we risk exposing our skin to too much UV radiation. In light of this fact, L’Oreal releases a UV monitoring patch, that tells you when to pack your stuff and leave the beach.
During this year’s CES, taking place in Las Vegas’s Convention Center, L’Oreal unveiled its take on UV monitoring gadgets.
The new product showcased at CES is a wearable and stretchable patch, which has approximately one square inch. The UV patch has nearly 50 micrometers in thickness and can be worn on any part of the body.
Sleek, small and discreet, the little badge will change color is you are exposing your body to too much ultra-violet radiation. The sleek UV sensible badge contains a photosensitive dye. When analyzing the risk of exposure, the patch takes into account the skin’s PH factor and the intensity of the UV radiations.
Upon applying the patch to the skin, users can take a photo of the device as it changes color. In order to see the risk of exposure, the users have to download the My UV Patch Application, available on all mobile stores.
After downloading the corresponding app, the users will have to manually upload the pictures of the patches in the application and request information about the patch’s color. A couple of seconds later, after analyzing various squares found in the photosensitive dye, the application determines the risk of UV exposure.
As stated, the My UV patch application is available for download in Android’s and iOS‘ mobile stores. Also, L’Oreal included a neat feature into the patch. You will be capable of pairing the patch with your mobile device by using the near-field communication technology.
The think-tank behind the project is Guive Balooch, the vice president of L’Oreal’s division of innovations. Balooch said that this kind of technology has been tackled before. Unfortunately, the products were not very popular, due to the fact that they were either too thick or not stretchable.
However, this new and improved design will make sure that the wearers won’t even notice that the device is there.
According to several sources inside the company, the device will hit the market very soon. As to the price of this device, L’Oreal offered no statements.
If you are interested to see how this patch works, then head on over to the Convention Center in Las Vegas.