About this project
QTemp highlights the effects of UV radiation on skin health as well as provides a simple way to measure the temperature in user's’ immediate surroundings. It estimates safe sun time based on the user’s location, severity of local UV radiation and skin type that make it perfect for helping people safely spend time outdoors.
QTemp is an awesome gadget with a companion app that helps you make your life healthier and more comfortable. We designed QTemp to be simple, convenient and durable.
We believe technology should make our lives simpler. QTemp is easy to set up and use. Just tap QTemp on or pair QTemp-i with your smartphone.
QTemp-i continuously measures UV and temperature and transmits them to your smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity based on the reading interval. The safe sun time will be adjusted based on the updated readings. It should face to the main source of UV to get the most accurate result.
QTemp-i has a replaceable regular coin cell battery (CR2032). Battery lifetime depends on the frequency of measurements. It is compatible with iPhone 4s & later, iPad 3rd generation & later and select Android devices with 4.3 and later with Bluetooth 4 and Windows Phone 10.
Once you tap QTemp on your smartphone, it measures weather data and transmits them to your smartphone. Based on your location and the time of measurement, QTemp estimates UV intensity for the next couple hours and adjusts the safe sun time.
QTemp is battery-free and doesn't require any charging. It harvests energy from your smartphone via Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Check this link to know if your phone is NFC enabled device. If your smartphone doesn’t support NFC, choose QTemp-i.
QTemp or QTemp-i?
Both devices use the same sensors for measuring UV index and temperature, their function is completely similar. There are 3 main differences between QTemp and QTemp-i:
1- Transferring data: QTemp-i uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, so it is compatible with both iOS and Android devices; However, QTemp communicates with smartphones via Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology, a feature that iPhone doesn’t support.
2- Power: QTemp-i requires a battery although QTemp is battery-free. It's a passive device and harvests energy from your smartphone.
3- Continuously measuring: QTemp-i can continuously measure and transfer data based on the reading interval. Data can be stored in on-board memory even when your smartphone is not connected to QTemp-i. However, QTemp is a passive gadget. Once you tap it on your smartphone, it measures and transfers data.
If you are an iPhone user, select the 'Kickstarter Special' (QTemp-i) or 'TWO QTemp-i' perk.
QTemp estimates how long you can stay outdoors before getting sunburned or developing skin damage. The calculation is based on:
1. Measured UV index specific to users' location in real time.
2. Environmental factors affect a person's UV exposure. Urban area, snow, green space, water and sand (beach or desert) reflect UV and increase exposure.
3. Users' skin type based on the Fitzpatrick skin type.
QTemp gives you complete and accurate weather data to help you lead a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle. It provides recommendations based on the weather data and alerts you to protect your skin when safe sun time is over.
Most people associate UV with warm temperature; however, UV rays hit people on cold days as well. QTemp is an ideal source of protection for people living in high-temperature or snowy locations or for those ‘seeking the sun’ during vacations. It is particularly useful for parents and young people, in addition to people with sensitive skin.
QTemp fits comfortably on a key-ring. It can be as discreet or as visible as you want it to be. It is rain, splash and water-resistant. You can wear it all day, every day.
Prevent Harmful UV Rays
1 in 5 Americans, 1 in 7 Canadians and 2 in 3 Australians are developing skin cancer in their lives, mostly because of overexposure to the sun. Therefore, we need new tools to identify and implement effective strategies that improve sun-protective behaviors. The aim of QTemp is to help people lead healthier lifestyles by preventing them from being overexposed to harmful UV rays. For more information visit the QTemp website.
Know the Weather Right Where You Are
Smartphones nowadays have advanced greatly with different capabilities being added to the ongoing list of things they can perform. Sensor-packed phones have the ability to measure and detect a lot of things. To indicate the ambient temperature; they only detect a rise or fall in internal battery temperature. If a user wants to measure the temperature and UV of the immediate surroundings, then QTemp is the device to do that.
Questions or Suggestions? Visit the QTemp website. We would love to answer your questions. Just email us at info@QTemp.co and we will reply as soon as we can.
What about data? At QTemp, we believe that the data QTemp learns about you is yours! You can safely and securely access your data via your personal account. However, you can choose to make your weather data public on the QTemp Map or share it with friends on Facebook and Twitter.
QTemp weather camera app enables users to add a weather overlay to their images. Users can share them with their friends via email or their favorite social networks.
The Weather Camera app is great for posting travel shots. You can share your feelings and what you’re seeing with your friends.
Everyone is exposed to UV radiation from the sun and an increasing number of people are exposed to artificial sources used in the industry, recreation and tanning beds. A moderate degree of UV exposure is necessary for the production of Vitamin D, which is essential for bone health. However, excessive exposure to UV radiation is associated with different types of sunburn, accelerated skin aging, cataracts and other eye diseases and skin cancers. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV radiation. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, even one bad sunburn as a baby, child, or young adult, can increase risk over time.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation website about 2.8, 0.7 and 0.07 million are diagnosed with BCC, SCC and melanoma each year in the US.
Even though UV rays make up only a very small portion of the sun’s rays, they are the main cause of the sun’s damaging effects on the skin. Many factors affect the UV intensity, which subsequently alters the UV index. This then affects the amount of time that you can spend in the sun before starting to burn.
While both UVA and UVB rays can harm the skin and lead to skin cancers, UVB (cause of getting sunburned), is effectively blocked by glass. However, at least 50% of UVA radiation (which accelerates aging) can pass through windows. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, car windows have been proven to let in more than 60%.
In the late winter and early spring, snow reflects up to 80% of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice. That's why you need to protect your eyes and wear sun glasses on a snowy day. In the spring and fall, UV radiation from the sun can be very strong, especially in the spring when ozone depletion is of concern. Also, UV rays can bounce off surfaces like water, sand, snow, pavement, or grass, leading to an increase in UV exposure.
How do I get the mount?
- For existing backers: Click "Manage My Pledge" on the main project page and increase your existing pledge by C$5 (there are no additional shipping charges)
- For new backers: Add C$5 to the pledge amount for the device you want (eg, if you'd like a QTemp for C$25, pledge C$30)
- Indicate in the backer survey following the campaign that you've pledged an extra C$5 to have a mount included with your QTemp or QTemp-i.
We'll take care of the rest!
We started with a simple concept of improving people's health through analyzing weather data. We worked through countless research papers, development projects, prototypes, tests, and early marketing activities. We've received amazing encouragement and support along the way. Now we're ready to go to market and are asking for your help to gear up for manufacturing and development.
We are a team of designers, engineers and marketers with a passion for developing new products. We have worked on several projects to enhance outdoor thermal comfort over the last few years.After working on QTemp for the last year, we are still constantly working on it to ensure that it’s the best it can be.
We have managed to aggregate enough resources to cover development, BUT we need YOUR HELP. We’ve been building and iterating prototypes for the past year, and now we need your help getting our latest prototype up to manufacturing standards. Your support will help us through the DVT (Design Verification Testing), and PVT (Production Verification Testing) processes so that we can ship QTemp to you in June next year.
We launched QTemp campaign on Kickstarter because we believe in collaborating with our future customers to help us develop a world-class product. Kickstarter allows us to get in touch with passionate, like-minded, forward thinkers who can provide invaluable feedback.
We will be working closely with the manufacturers to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible and you will get your QTemp in time.
International Backers: We will ship QTemp worldwide. Please note that you are responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region. Shipping QTemp is free in the US and Canada for early backers. Packages will come with regular post (no tracking number).
We're excited at the prospect of reaching our target so that we can begin delivering QTemp to the world, but we've also had some thoughts about what we'll do if we move beyond our funding goal. Surpassing our target will enable us to add extra features to the product:
Risks and challenges
We are excited that our project is helping to develop new components and feel that is what Kickstarter is all about in addition to helping raise funds. The nature of developing new tech mean that there is a possibility of unforeseen delays and supply chain risk. We adjusted our timeline to avoid that, however, we may have to update it.
The QTemp team is an execution-oriented team and confident in our ability to reach our goal. We understand that you’re trusting us to deliver on our promise. We value integrity and will conduct our business at the highest ethical standards.
We will make sure to be transparent with our supporting backers by offering regular campaign updates and by answering questions from the backer community as they arise. We welcome feedback and backer involvement with our project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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