A new bangle can tell you when you need more vitamin D.
The device, named Violet, connects to an Android or iphone and an app provides real-time info about sun exposure and your body’s potential for generating vitamin D, according to Engineering and Technology Magazine.
"Over-exposure to sunlight can increase the risk of skin cancer, skin aging, immune suppression and eye damage. But under-exposure to sunlight can lead to vitamin D deficiency - a major risk factor for bone diseases, diabetes, depression, some common cancers and cardiovascular diseases," Nattapon Chaimanonart, CEO of Ultra, the Portland-based start-up who developed the device, told the magazine. Violet is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
A bit bigger than an iPod Shuffle, you can clip Violet to your waistband, wear it as a bracelet or just keep it near you to monitor your D exposure. You could probably click it to a chain if you want to show off your vitamin-savvy bling. Each one can keep track of the D levels for several users.
“Ultra created an outstanding device with unique solutions relevant to a growing population of health conscious individuals concerning the important health effects of both UV over-exposure and vitamin D deficiency," Andrew Blauvelt, dermatologist and President of the Oregon Medical Research Center, told Engineering and Technology. "There is no similar product on the market. Violet is the only device capable of capturing both UV exposure and vitamin D production data, and personalizing them to achieve balance for each end user."
Recent research underscored the importance of the vitamin. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found that people with lower blood levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to die prematurely as people with higher blood levels of vitamin D.
Chaimanonart is hoping to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter to be able to start shipping Violets by spring, 2015.