'SunSprite' Solar-Powered Bluetooth Device Measures Optimal Sun Exposure

Tuesday February 25, 2014 7:29 AM PST by Jordan Golson
With Apple hiring numerous medical professionals for its rumored iWatch project, and many new fitness and other types of health-related devices coming to market, wearable health-data tracking devices are proving extremely popular.

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A new device launching today on IndieGogo is SunSprite, a wearable device that measures the amount of visible and UV light that the wearer is exposed to in order to help users avoid health issues related to a lack of exposure to sunlight, such as seasonal affective disorder or winter depression.

The solar-powered SunSprite tracks the amount of visible and UV light the wearer is exposed to. Because of its built-in solar sensors, it never needs recharging, using ambient light to gather electricity to power its Bluetooth LE connection to the iPhone. The company is planning to manufacturer the SunSprite at a factory in the United States, as well.

The company behind the SunSprite says that proper exposure to sunlight improves energy, sleep, mood, focus, stress, and more, with Harvard Medical School professors on staff to back up the science [PDF].

Getting bright light at the right time of day is clinically proven to boost your energy and help you sleep better. See Bright Light & the Human Brain below for more information on the science behind SunSprite and bright light.

SunSprite's dual sensors measure the brightness of both visible and UV light so you can make sure you’re getting the right amount of light — enough visible light to be healthy while avoiding too many harmful UV rays. SunSprite's LED display (as well as its smartphone app) can tell you if the light you're in is bright enough to be beneficial.
The SunSprite is available for preorder through IndieGoGo for $99, a 33 percent discount off its estimated $149 final retail price. The company estimates it will to ship to backers in June of this year.

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Posted: 10 months ago
awesome, i mean how did people survive without it for thousands of years.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
Is sunlight new? Nope. What is? Incandescent lighting, getting to work before it's light out, and spending all day in a 200 lux office...
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
Here's an idea: go outside.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
wow, you guys have it all figured out! as long as someone doesn't work in an office for 50+ hours a week, have kids, or a mounting list of commitments & responsibilities (like the cynical know-it-alls on tech forums that sit around making snarky comments all day) they should have PLENTY of time to wander around outside like a hobo, whenever they feel like it, and get all the sunlight they need! and you guys bring up another good point: these HIGH MINDED DREAMERS with their "fancy ideas" for making the world a better place, by helping the LOSERS who suffer from depression/S.A.D., should all go to hell! anyone with half a brain knows that if you want to make your life better, just troll the macrumors forums to see what advice the geniuses there have. they know EVERYthing! and it's so simple, too!

man, i hate do-gooders. thank god steve jobs never had any crazy ideas about "changing the world".

i am DEFINITELY gonna bookmark this page for the next time i need some good life advice.

thanks, fellas!


I was just going to say this. I don't think our "ancestors" had this device. Just go outside and enjoy life. If you get too hot go inside.

Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago

Here's an idea: go outside.


I was just going to say this. I don't think our "ancestors" had this device. Just go outside and enjoy life. If you get too hot go inside.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
I am waiting for a wearable device that attaches to my nostrils, analyzing my breathing pattern to help me breath more optimally.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
This is the kind of thing that only makes sense as an additional sensor on a device that already incorporates many other health tracking options. As a standalone, makes no sense.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago

Here's an idea: go outside naked.


Fixed it for you :D


BTW, everyone see the Team page (http://www.sunsprite.com/#info)?
Looks like they need this device! (all look pasty white)
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
While I agree with the comments above, let's look at it from the perspective of folks who've dealt with melanoma and have to be very wary of getting too much sun.
"It's a beautiful day … just a few more minutes … then I'll go inside." Do that too often and that freckle may become a much bigger deal. An objective timer/reminder never hurt anyone.

'cept for HAL 2000. He got mean.
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