Back in March, we had an article on fashionable wearables. JUNE by Netatmo continues this trend as a feminine, stylish wearable that helps the user prevent sunburn. The device, positioned as a "beauty coach" on its website, contains UV sensors (in silver, gold, or platinum) to monitor the users sun exposure. Its jewel sensor can be clipped onto one of the two included bands (one is leather, the other synthetic) to be worn as a bracelet, or it can be clipped to a shirt or strap and worn as a brooch. Netatmo partnered with a French jewelry designer to create a true piece of jewelry that can easily be worn on a daily basis.
It's free, companion iOS app provides a daily sun forecast with expected UV index, expected risk of UV radiation (based on a six question quiz the user fills out regarding skin tone, eye colour, and reaction of unprotected skin to the sun), and whether to pack sunscreen, sunglasses or a hat. It tracks your activity in the sun in a timeline called your "sun dose". If your sundose exceeds 100%, your skin is going to burn.
Jennifer Jolley of the NY Times observes
JUNE is the first wearable device of its kind to blend newer tracking technology with sun protection, but competitors are on the way. One notable new wearable in production is called Violet. It’s a small, waterproof clip-on tracker that promises to offer real-time UV exposure as well as alerts about potential skin damage. The device also promises to calculate daily natural vitamin D production, but the first units won’t ship until August.
Jolley does not have strong opinions about the device, but notes less expensive alternatives, including the sunZapp app:
developed with funding from the National Cancer Institute, [it] combines specific location-based information, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's hour-by-hour UV Index forecast, with the user's personal information (hair, eye color, skin tone, age, sun-sensitive medications and the type of clothing you are wearing for a specific outing)
Using June, I realized I was getting surprisingly more sun exposure at that hour than I’d realized [...] with that in mind, the June fulfilled its purpose: It made me more aware of how often I was in the sun, and helped me change my behaviors. That’s a successful product.
As UVA/UVB protection, even in the winter and on cloudy days, is increasingly recognized as a necessity for our health, JUNE is a stylish wearable that helps users determine the best protection for each time of day, and can continue to be worn as jewelry into the evening.