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Solitair device aims to takes guesswork out of sun safety

6:10am EDT - 02:15

The Solitair device aims to take the confusion out of how much sunlight we should expose our skin to. Matthew Stock reports.

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Most of us enjoy a sunny day. Soaking up the rays has been shown to have numerous health benefits. But there also dangers associated with too much UV exposure. The Solitair device aims to take the confusion out of just how much sunlight we should expose our skin to. Currently a tie clip or hair slide, it monitors the wearer's sun exposure to give real-time recommendations when it's time to cover up. Peter Luebcke (pron. Loop-Keh) is from developers Cambridge Consultants. SOUNDBITE (English) PETER LUEBCKE, HEAD OF PERSONAL CARE AT CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS / SOLITAIR CO-DEVELOPER, SAYING: "On the one hand, there's detrimental effects like skin cancer and also the increasing awareness of skin ageing that comes from exposure to the sun. But on the plus side, people benefit from increased vitamin D synthesis in the skin which is great for their health, but also combating things like seasonal effective disorder. So it's really getting that balance right between the down sides of sun exposure and of course the good side." The user starts by taking a skin pigment reading via the smartphone app. This is synchronised with the weather forecast and the user's planned movements. Geolocation adjusts exposure levels. For example, people in Scotland could cope with more time in sunlight than those in Egypt. Throughout the day, real-time updates are sent to their smartphones. While there are other sun monitors on the market, Luebcke says Solitair offers a truly personal approach to sun safety. SOUNDBITE (English) PETER LUEBCKE, HEAD OF PERSONAL CARE AT CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS / SOLITAIR CO-DEVELOPER, SAYING: "We're very good in terms of colour measurement, optics and image analysis. So we've brought our expertise in those areas together to really look at skin in a novel way that can directly feed that information into the app so it can calculate your predicted safe levels." Solitair is also intelligent enough to take into account if the user is wearing sunscreen. SOUNDBITE (English) PETER LUEBCKE, HEAD OF PERSONAL CARE AT CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS / SOLITAIR CO-DEVELOPER, SAYING: "This isn't a system that's a substitute for sun screen - it actually brings that in to the equation so you know what's safe for you, your skins type, that SPF, that location and your planned movements for the day." The team plan to shrink the device to the size of a button, making it virtually unnoticeable... meaning you could stay safe in the sun no matter how little you're wearing.

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Solitair device aims to takes guesswork out of sun safety

6:10am EDT - 02:15