Summer is coming, and sun is coming with it. Good news all around, except for all the UV rays! We know UV rays can be hazardous to your skin’s health, with overexposure increasing your risk of skin cancer — problem is, we never know quite how much exposure we’re getting. Fortunately, this summer we should also see the L’Oreal UV Sense, a fingerprint-sized device that could make you a little more careful with your skin.
As per usual in 2018, the answer is more data! The L’Oreal UV Sense is a tiny UV exposure sensor that can be stuck on a fingernail like a sticker, without the need for a battery. The device can be worn for up to two weeks and can transmit data to a phone using NFC, the same wireless technology that makes apps like Apple Pay and Android Pay work. Using an app, you’ll be able to see how much UV light you’re being exposed to. If you’re at unhealthy levels, you can either apply some stronger sunscreen or get inside.
L’Oreal UV Sense is building on their early device, called My UV Patch. As the name implies, the patch was a bit bigger — still got the job done, but wasn’t as fashionable for fun times in the sun. With a new, smaller model that can double as a fun fashion accessory, L’Oreal is hoping they can more people to start tracking their UV exposure and learn about the health risks that come with it.
Unfortunately, getting one won’t be straightforward this year. When L’Oreal announced the device in January at CES 2018, they revealed that it would only be available in limited quantities in 2018, with it later being reported that they could only be acquired through dermatologists. But, the company does plan to make the device widely available sometime next year.
It’s not the only exciting thing L’Oreal is doing with tech. Just recently, they also acquired augmented reality company ModiFace, who are responsible for a lot of virtual try-on apps and in-store experiences for cosmetics.