Wearable UV patch keeps skin safe in the summer

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Summer is the season to be spending time in the sun, but too many rays can lead to skin cancer. A new wearable patch aims to help wearers beat the heat by notifying them in cases of over exposure.

My UV Patch is paired with a smartphone app to evaluate a user's time in the sun. The patch is able to alert wearers of overexposure by changing color when in contact with ultraviolet rays, send messages reminding wearer to reapply sunscreen or supply sun safety tips based on results from the patch.

"The wearables have the potential to engage someone like a teenager or a child to where they can understand that there's a link between how much sunscreen they put on, how much time they stay outside and the sun exposure they get," said dermatologist Gene Rubinstein, MD.