Smart protection from UV rays

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UV or Ultraviolet rays from the Sun has been known to have many negative effects on human health. Broadly, they can be either the long wave ultraviolet A type that penetrate the deepest layers of the dermis or short wave ultraviolet B rays that affect the outer layers of the skin.

Harmful UV rays on skin

Short term effects of sun exposure can be bad enough with sun-burn, wrinkling, pigmentation and allergies topping the list, but the long- term effects are more disastrous. Repeated exposure to UVA and UVB rays together are accountable for various melanoma and non-melanoma cancers of the skin. What makes this more dangerous is that skin cancer from sun exposure have no immediate symptoms. These facts surrounding skin cancer grow quite alarming with each passing year. Every year the new cases of people being diagnosed skin cancer is more than the combined occurrence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. So much so that, over the course of the last three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers put together!

The statistics are bleak but this is why it is imperative to use a good sunscreen lotion with at least SPF 30, hats and other clothing to cover up when outdoors. While these are some of the protective measures that we take outside, we completely ignore them while indoors. However, contrary to popular belief, exposure to UV rays are not limited to the outdoors as at least 60% of UVA rays can successfully pass through glass windows at homes and in vehicles.

With new developments in wearable technology and renewed efforts of developers towards a positive impact on customer health and fitness, it was just a matter of time before researchers utilised their progress in wearable technology to assist people in their war against sun exposure. This summer would see brand new gadgets, vying for customer attention that are pitched to be the future of wearable technology. They will incorporate various factors including the wearer’s skin type, specific geographic location, the current season and weather conditions as well as previous history of sun burn or allergy. These smart wearables would uphold a dual function of protecting health, as well as being functional and fashionable at the same time.

An exciting new product launched by Muse Wearables is the smartwatch that aims to protect its wearer against the harmful UV rays of the Sun. Apart from the functions of a usual watch, cutting edge technology used in this smart wearable allows its user to track their sun exposure and calculate how much UV rays they have been exposed to. Being launched in India as well as outside, this is an excellent opportunity to create awareness about the harmful impacts of sun exposure for people who are largely ignorant or unenthusiastic about other preventive measures. It is high time that we put our safety and our health first, and what better way than to use a Muse?

Muse Analog Smartwatch

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