Another day, another collaboration. L’Oreal and Yves Béhar join forces to find a wearable way of lowering the risk of skin cancer. Launched at this year’s CES 2018, they have created a wearable device that allows people to take more notice of sun safety, and in turn, reduce the risk of them contracting skin cancer.
The UV Patch, All About Research & Innovation
Relatively small in size, the UV Sense device works without the need for a battery. Measuring just two millimetres thick, and nine millimetres in diameter, users are instructed to place it on their thumbnail, as this is an area of the body that L’Oréal says receives “optimal sunlight”. Once attached, sensors deliver information about the wearer’s UV exposure to an app using Near Field Communication (NFC) – a wireless technology that works using magnetic field induction, and which is commonly used for contactless payment systems.
“The technology within UV Sense is groundbreaking, and has so much potential to impact the future of technology and wearables.”
On the UV patch, created by the L’Oreal in 2016, Guive Balooch, global vice president of L’Oréal’s research and innovation technology department said, “The technology within UV Sense is groundbreaking, and has so much potential to impact the future of technology and wearables.” He adds, “Armed with research and consumer insights from the original My UV Patch, we set out to create something that blends problem-solving technology with human-centred design, offering real-time data and longer wear in a discreet product that fits any lifestyle.”
On the “not too distracting” design by Yves Béhar; “Design and technology are inextricably linked, and as products become more personalised to individuals, both elements are integral to providing people with seamless experiences,” said the designer, who is also the founder of design studio Fuseproject. Béhar continues, “By working with L’Oréal, we are able to pair deep expertise in beauty tech with an effective design that enhances consumers wellbeing without distracting from their everyday lives.”
Working with an app that provides the user with information, from facts about sun safety, to warnings when they need to take shade, the UV Patch records a user’s UV exposure to encourage them to look back and track their time spent in the sun.