Dermatologist Brian Matthys is in the process of creating a wristband that works like a fitness tracker with the added feature of instructing the wearer to reapply sunscreen or to seek shade when they have been exposed to too much sun.
Called the Eclipse RX, Matthys believes the band will encourage users to take part in outdoor activities while simultaneously taking care of their skin.
"After 20 years of watching people get skin cancer and not knowing what they need to do to prevent it, I just felt like, enough is enough," said Matthys, who practices in Riverside, Mo.
Although there are products available on the market that perform the same function, Matthys believes that what sets his design apart from all the others is that the band will be the first to be solar powered. The band is also customizable and able to collect and store information about sun exposure for the wearer to share with their dermatologist.
There is no immediate date for the device's release and the device's patent application is pending. Matthys will be working with Engenious Design in Overland Park to design the wristband, Crema in Kansas City to develop the smartphone app and Cargt Consulting in Lenexa to build a prototype of the wristband.
"Imagine, 20 years ago we didn't have an iPhone, we didn't have any way of using wearable technology," Matthys said. "It just wasn't en vogue...It was one of those things where we just had to wait for the technology and the culture to make a device that would fit both."