Image source: Eclipse Rx

This sun-powered wearable tells you when its time to head for the shade

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Image source: Eclipse Rx

A new wearable sun monitoring device is about to hit the market. Some refer to it as “sun watch”.

Essential reading: Smart UV monitor – stay safe in the sun with one of these gadgets

Smart UV wearables are few and far between. While there are a number of devices on the market, their number pales when compared to the wide range of wearable fitness bands. Eclipse Rx looks like very much like a Fitbit or Garmin but this is pretty much where the similarities end.

What you get instead are measurements of your exposure to the sun. As soon as its solar panels and infrared sensors determine its time to head for the shade, the gizmo will vibrate and send push notifications to your phone. Best of all, and you may have guessed it, its powered by the sun. Which means one less device to charge at night.

Developed by board certified dermatologists, Eclipse Rx also functions as a basic pedometer counting the number of steps you take throughout the day. All of this and exposure to the sun stats are clearly displayed in the accompanying smartphone app.

Using it is simple. All you need to do is input your personal profile including your skin type and sun screen SPF details. The gadget does the rest.

Dr. Matthys says the device has been in the works for a number of years now. His goal is to help people enjoy life outside safely and make skin cancer history.

“It really can allow people to love life outdoors in a way they’ve never been able to do before because of the level of awareness and the ability to protect your skin,” he said.

“The idea of having a passion and a purpose behind the wearable device is really what sets us apart.”

Eclipse Rx comes from a Kansas City-based startup and costs $159. Its currently available on pre-order with shipping expected this Summer.

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