Violet: Track your sun exposure and vitamin D levels
Violet: Track your sun exposure and vitamin D levels
Violet is the first-ever wearable device that helps track your UV exposure and measure sun-generated vitamin D.
Violet is the first-ever wearable device that helps track your UV exposure and measure sun-generated vitamin D. Read more
About this project
Thank you to all our backers! Let's live ultra healthy.
Our Kickstarter campaign is coming to an end, Please visit our website liveultrahealthy.com and be the first to own Violet.
People talk about us
Portland Business Journal - "[The Ultra engineers] use their expertise to create wearable devices that can monitor things like vitamin D deficiency so people don’t have to end up in the doctor’s office with a medical mystery (vitamin D deficiency). Violet, does just that. It tracks the wearers sun exposure to monitor vitamin D production."
The Daily Dot - "If you get in early with support, the device is quite a deal, and we’re excited to see such projects pushing the functionality of what wearable tech can do."
Brit + CO - "Like most things in life, sun exposure requires balance. This new wearable tech by Violet will monitor your exposure and report back to you based on your personal skin type and sun tolerance."
The Active Times - "This handy little clip-on will tell you how much vitamin D your body naturally generates from the sunlight and when it’s time to cover up with more protection."
Gizmodo - "…there are quite a few reasons why a gadget like the Violet might make sense. The real-time tracking of absorbed UV radiation as well as (data including) produced vitamin D (is sent via alerts on) the iOS and Android app once you have reached the daily limit."
Smartwatch Pro - "The usefulness of this device is undeniable: lovers of sunbathing - (get) more than enough, but not everyone knows the measurement and, as a consequence, expose themselves to serious danger."
Computer Magazine - "Together with the measurement of UV, Violet also calculates the amount
of vitamin D acquired by the body when exposed to the sun: a very
important element for the health of each of us, as our mothers taught us
Morningstar - "Ultra serves health conscious individuals who are concerned about the detrimental effects of sun over-exposure (i.e. skin aging and skin cancer), as well as the risks of under-exposure, including vitamin D deficiency and depression."
What is Violet?
Violet is the first wearable device that provides customized user guidance on optimal sun exposure. In sync with a mobile phone app, Violet monitors your real-time UV exposure, alerts you before the measured UV dosage approaches a limit, and calculates your daily natural vitamin D production. By measuring both detrimental and beneficial effects of UV light, Violet helps achieve optimal sun balance.
Growing evidence has shown that vitamin D is vital for good overall health. Many studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to numerous diseases, including cancers. Your body can make its own vitamin D when you expose your skin to sunlight.
We need balanced sun exposure for our well-being. How do we know if we have too much or too little sun exposure? That’s why we developed Violet. It eliminates the guesswork by quantifying both detrimental and beneficial effects of sun. Violet is not just another gadget to generate data. It is designed as a solution to encourage behavioral change toward better health by minimizing the risks while maximizing the benefits of sunlight exposure. Our goal is to help you safely enjoy the sun without fear and to "live ultra healthy.”
Less is more
Violet is designed and developed using lean methodologies with human-centered design principles. Design is at the core of our development process. For over a year, the prototype has undergone numerous iterations based on consumer feedback to perfect Violet to make the user experience as simple as possible. You don’t need to be a geek to use the device and understand the results. We believe less is more!
Smart phone app
Violet syncs with a mobile app compatible with both iOS and Android devices. The app configures Violet and wirelessly receives all the data from the device for processing and storage. We are working hard on making the app design as intuitive as possible by optimizing the user experience and simplifying the user interface. The app notifies the user only when needed and discretely collects the data from Violet to analyze it and generate personalized advice to optimize user's sun experience.
We are working on several exciting next-generation features such as expert guide/forecast on optimal sun exposure, crowdsourcing of measured data for maximum accuracy, and a dynamic SPF model taking into account sunscreen wearing off.
Where are we now ?
The prototype design of Violet is complete. The device firmware and mobile app are functional.
We have evaluated and validated the UV sensor chip.
We have developed proprietary algorithms to measure UV dose and vitamin D production, taking into account various personal factors.
We have completed 7 iterations of the hardware design.
We have developed a prototype app for the iPhone and built the backend server infrastructure for our secure cloud service.
We have run early user tests to validate the algorithms.
Every Violet being shipped will include two accessories: a clip and a wristband. Currently, we are in the process of finishing the industrial design of these components.
Where will the money go?
We have set a goal of $100,000, which will allow us to begin manufacturing and make Violet available as early as Spring 2015. Every dollar raised through Kickstarter will go directly to product improvement and mass manufacturing of Violet devices.
Develop an Android app to sync with Violet
Manufacturing setup cost (tooling)
Controlled user tests supervised by medical professionals
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We have assembled a dream team. We are entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, software developers, dermatologist, and designers. Ultra's team has published over 200 research papers in the multidisciplinary fields of dermatology and biomedical engineering and holds over 50 granted or pending U.S. patents.
Risks and challenges
Our project has a few potential challenges that we intend to overcome with your support:
- Water-resistance - While Violet is designed with the concept of waterproof/water-resistant from day one, the process starts when we begin to manufacture the product. It depends on the manufacturing capabilities and some necessary trials and errors to make sure that we deliver high quality waterproof/water-resistant products to our backers.
- Product material - Violet is designed to be an elegant wearable device that can be worn anywhere and blended with any style of clothing. We plan to use anodized aluminum as the main material for the product housing case. But as we know from the basic physics, a metal case may shield the radio signal. Our team Violet has developed some creative engineering techniques to overcome this challenge. However, further tests both on the bench and in the manufacturing line need to be done to confirm our design.
- Improvement of the algorithm - Our proprietary algorithm can accurately measure the accumulated UV dosage and vitamin D production, taking into account individual factors such as skin type, clothing coverage, sunscreen usage, etc. Our research team is working hard to further improve the algorithm to make it more intelligent (e.g. context-based advice and prediction) and more robust against unexpected signal disturbance (e.g. due to transient shading or covering of the UV sensors). We will also need to further optimize the algorithm parameters based on a larger user database.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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