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£7,027
pledged of £80,000pledged of £80,000 goal
341
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, April 7 2013 10:00 AM UTC +00:00

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IN THE NEWS

Technology tell- “slap bracelet was out of style, UVeBand has brought it back”

The Telegraph  - “it knows when you’re baking on the beach”

Oxgadgets  -  “you cannot put a price on safety”

Gizmag -“developed by a leading dermatologist in the USA”

gadgets4guys - “UVeBand is unique”

Adelaide Now  -  “a taste of what's next”

UVeBand is the smart way to enjoy your time in the sun.

Put UVeBand on once you’ve applied your sunscreen and it monitors your actual UV exposure before alerting you when it’s time to reapply more sunscreen.

The Ultra-Violet (UV) monitoring technology has been designed to harvest energy directly from the sun so that UVeBand is self-powering and reusable. The technology is sealed in a contoured water resistant casing and is hidden on the underside of the band for further protection.

Contact with your wrist when you wear UVeBand acts as a switch, activating the monitoring technology without pressing any buttons. Take off the UV wristband and the monitoring technology switches off and resets itself. Simple.

UVeBand is a practical yet fashionable product that can seamlessly blend into everyday life, whenever you are outdoors!

Please note that UVeBand is not a substitute for sunscreen. Applying sunscreen correctly prevents sunburn and wearing UVeBand reminds you when it's time to reapply.

How does it work?

UV rays from the sun enter through the window in the band and are channeled onto the UV detector inside the casing. This detector monitors UVA and UVB, which are the sun’s rays that can burn you, and does not simply detect sunlight. A program in the memory chip calculates when it’s time to apply more sunscreen, based on a formula developed by a leading dermatologist in the USA. Our formula complies with the guidelines from the World Health Organisation and World Meteological Organisation for reapplication of sunscreen and also allows for under-application of sunscreen. The UV detector feeds data continuously to the on-board processor that activates a vibration motor to alert the wearer at the right time.

UVeBand uses capacitance switching (similar to an iPhone screen) to switch itself on. When you put UVeBand on your wrist for about ten seconds, the capacitance switch detects a break in its energy field. This informs the processor to wake, and UVeBand starts to monitor Ultra-Violet radiation in the region of 280-370 nm (nano meters). Once activated, UVeBand monitors every three seconds for the sun's radiation. As the sun's UV changes, the UV sensor detects each change and updates the processor. Based on this change, the time before reapplication of sunscreen is automatically recalculated using the algorithm pre-programmed into the processor.

UVeBand uses energy harvesting technology to recharge a secondary cell inside UVeBand. This solar cell supplies more power to UVeBand than UVeBand uses to monitor UV. Hence the wristband recharges itself as it actively monitors the sun's UV rays.

Here is the micro-technology inside the water resistant casing hidden on the underside of the band:

How do I use my UVeBand?

UVeBand is suitable for all skin types and for all sunscreens with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

Using the wristband is simple. First, apply a sunscreen with SPF15+ per instructions. After you put on your sunscreen, slap UVeBand onto your wrist. The memory band wraps around to fit any wrist size and the contact made with your wrist when you wear the UV wristband automatically starts the monitoring technology without pressing any buttons.

The band vibrates to confirm that it's on and has started monitoring UV. It gently vibrates briefly every 15 minutes to confirm that it is actively monitoring the sun's UV. When it's time to reapply sunscreen, UVeBand vibrates over a two minute period to give the wearer enough time to detect the alert and apply more sunscreen.

After the alert, UVeBand resets itself. To turn UVeBand off at any time, simply remove the wristband from your wrist for 20 minutes.

Remember not to hide UVeBand under long sleeves where it cannot detect UV conditions directly!

What have we achieved so far?

We’ve been working on a UV wristband for over two years now, combining the simplicity of a wristband with the complexity of portable UV monitoring technology to create something very functional that looks and feels great to wear! The current UVeBand technology has been independently tested and certified in the laboratory and outdoors, and we have developed real, working prototypes of the finished UV wristband that have been tested for usability. The innovation behind UVeBand is patented and patent pending in 48 countries.

Sizing & Colours

The band is only 25mm wide (less than 1 inch wide) and is flexible with a diameter of 55mm (approx 2 inches diameter) when curled up. The diameter varies to fit all sizes from children to adults. The memory metal inside the silicon band wraps around any wrist shape, keeping the wristband secure and comfortable.

We offer UVeBand in a choice of six different colours that are popular this year: sophisticated emerald, lemon zest, harmonious linen, cool alloy, deep sea blue and poppy red.

What’s ahead of us?

With your support we can bring UVeBand onto wrists worldwide! We have identified a manufacturing partner and preferred suppliers for our components and are ready to start production. During manufacture we intend to work with IXYS (Silicon Valley), a pioneer in the development of power semiconductors: http://www.ixys.com/Corporate.aspx. Your pledge will enable us to place large component orders so that we can manufacture UVeBand at an efficient price point, as well as make dyes for the casing and the custom-made silicon bands. With funding, we will run our first production of UVeBands in the six colours selected by our designer and ship the rewards chosen to our backers.

Risks and challenges

We are working with the best people to make UVeBand well in terms of design, engineering and production. Our core team has more than 90 years of combined experience in building products and new businesses. One of our team members is currently in China where he can oversee sourcing and manufacturing first hand. Please have a look at our team page for more background on us: http://www.inovia.co.uk.

We have invested in patents to deter copycats and to protect the innovation behind UVeBand. We believe we have accounted for most expenses such as taxes, duties and fees and have added a contingency just in case. We think that any problems we encounter, we'll be able to solve or find the right expertise through our network of contacts.

How can I keep in touch with the project?

We will keep our backers informed through our comments on Kickstarter and will provide exclusive email updates as well as votes in future on which new designs you would like us to produce.

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, please ask our project creator directly or visit our website: http://www.uveband.com.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.27

    Keep up-to-date on UVeBand with exclusive updates, availability and more. Have a vote on which new designs you would like us to produce.

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    EARLY BIRDS help get us started! You will receive one ‘Harmonious Linen’ coloured UVeBand. Add £3.50 to ship anywhere.

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    SOPHISTICATED EMERALD – You will receive one UVeBand in this colour. Add £3.50 to ship anywhere.

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    DEEP SEA BLUE – You will receive one UVeBand in this colour. Add £3.50 to ship anywhere.

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    COOL ALLOY – You will receive one UVeBand in this colour. Add £3.50 to ship anywhere.

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    POPPY RED – You will receive one UVeBand in this colour. Add £3.50 to ship anywhere.

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    LEMON ZEST – You will receive one UVeBand in this colour. Add £3.50 to ship anywhere.

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    Couple pack of two UVeBands, you choose the colours you want. Add £3.50 to ship anywhere.

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    Family pack of four UVeBands, you choose the colours you want. Add £3.50 to ship anywhere.

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    Special edition colourway set, complete set of six UVeBands so you can mix and match with your outfits.

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