Did you ever think you’d have an electronic that sits directly on your skin, like a temporary tattoo or Band-Aid?
I Wear the Tech is pleased to report it looks like that could be a reality for consumers! Scientists have created pliable electronics that are similar to this format, being called stretchable electronics. These scientists are experimenting with a variety of applications to see what sticks long-term (see what I did there?).
One of the most talked about stretchable electronics is from L’Oreal Group’s leading dermatological skincare brand, La Roche-Posay. Being called, My UV Patch, this patch can be put anywhere on the skin, for up to 5 days of wear.
This is a first of its kind stretchable skin sensor and was designed to monitor UV exposure. Having this information allows consumers to educate themselves on sun protection.
My UV Patch is an adhesive that stretches and sticks to any part of the body you want to monitor. This transparent patch is about one square inch in size and measures 50 micrometers thick (‘uber thin!). It is, of course, comfortable and virtually weightless so that wearers will be able to wear it at anytime.
How does it work?
The patch is made with photosensitive dyes, which factor in your baseline skin tone, and then changes colors based on different levels of sun exposure.
There is also a near-field communication (NFC) antenna and microchip within this tiny patch, which sends signals to your phone’s My UV Patch mobile app, available for both iOS and Android.
Users can take a photo of the patch and upload it the app, which then analyzes the varying photosensitive dye squares to determine the amount of UV exposure of the wearer. Read the latest news on Wearable Technology Here
This wearable technology is crucial for those who spend a significant amount of the time in the sun, as 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with UV radiation from the sun. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Using this patch will help consumers keep their skin safe by alerting them when it’s time for more sunscreen. My UV Patch is expected to officially launch for consumer purchase later this year in 16 countries.
We are definitely interested here at I Wear the Tech to see the cost of this innovative health-conscious wearable.
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