Good Morning America: Sunburn Stopping Bracelet
Summer is almost here, and you may be worried about spending too much time in the sun and the possibility of sunburn. A new product, the June Bluetooth by Netatmo claims to be able to help you avoid sunburn, but does the product really work? Becky Worley had the story for Good Morning America.
GMA: Netatmo June Bluetooth Review
This $99 bracelet is a wearable sun-sensor. The electronic device on the bracelet looks like a gemstone, and Netatmo explains that the device communicates with your iPhone to let you know just how much sun exposure you’re getting.
The app on your phone asks you some simple questions about your skin type, and then calculates about how much sun you should be getting daily. It also allows users to see when the UV index is highest during the day.
Good Morning America: Does Netatmo June Bluetooth Work?
Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal decided to gibe the June Bluetooth at try. “I was not surprised when it told me to put on sunscreen at the beach or the pool. But I was really surprised when it told me to put on sunscreen just when I was going out to get my daily coffee in the afternoon,” said Joanna Stern.
The app also gives you advice. Using the sun’s measured UV index, the app will suggest if you should wear a hat, put on sunglasses, or apply sunscreen.
Dermatologist Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton said it’s very important to monitor your sun exposure. Though you might not see sunburn after a little time in the sun, you are accumulating sun damage every time you step outside and into the sun. The sun damage will eventually lead to sunspots, and potentially skin cancer.
The June Bluetooth bracelet also comes in three different colors designed by Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Camille Toupet.
GMA: Problems with June Bluetooth
The biggest problem with the June Bluetooth is that it’s not waterproof, which kind of defeats the purpose if you’re going to the pool or beach. Additionally, even if the bracelet is fashionable, the price is a bit high for a sun sensor since there are other cheaper options. Plus, it’s currently only available to iPhone users.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton said she likes these applications of technology in general. She likes anything that will help fight against sun damage. However, she’s not sold on the June Bluetooth quite yet. It’s expensive, and there are still a few glitches. She advises that all people apply an SPF of 30 every day of the year.