About this project
We designed Sunscreenr™ to protect the ones we love. Both of our founders have watched family members struggle with skin cancer. We wanted to create a way to better protect our children and ourselves from sun damage.
How do you know if you're protected?
There are 1 Million cases of skin cancer per year in the US alone, but sunscreen can significantly reduce your chances of getting cancer. Unfortunately, most people only apply 25% to 50% of the sunscreen they should. That's where Sunscreenr comes in.
Sunscreenr is a special viewer that changes the way you protect yourself from sun damage. We've taken technology used by scientists and made it easy to see where your skin is covered by sunscreen and where it's not.
As Seen On
Sunscreenr Sees Unprotected Skin. Sunscreenr shows you where you've missed a spot when applying sunscreen AND where sunscreen has worn off your skin even after sweating, swimming, or toweling off.
How To Use Sunscreenr. After applying sunscreen, look through Sunscreenr to see dark areas that are covered with sunscreen. See light areas that are not covered. The light areas are more vulnerable to sunburns, sunspots and other forms of sun damage.
Products and Pricing
All Sunscreenrs come with a micro USB charger and microfiber bag. The bag is for easy carrying and protection. It can also be used to clean the Sunscreenr lenses.
Shipping fees are $6 for US shipping and $16 for international shipping for one Sunscreenr.
For international shipping, please note that you may be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.
1. Review the Products & Pricing section above.
2. Determine which product you want.
3. Look for the product in the upper right of this page under Rewards.
4. Click on the product that you want.
5. Enter your payment information.
Ordering More Than One Reward
If you're interested in ordering more than one reward, select one of the rewards that you want in the upper right of this page under Rewards. Then add the cost of the additional rewards (excluding rewards that are sold out such as early bird rewards) that you want to your pledge amount plus shipping.Then submit your pledge. After the campaign, we'll follow up to confirm the details of your order.
For example: To add an additional Sunscreenr to a reward, add $74 plus shipping to your current pledge. US shipping is $3 and International Shipping is $4 for each additional Sunscreenr.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Kickstarter@Sunscreenr.com. We welcome your questions!
The idea of Sunscreenr was first born a few years ago after seeing a family member struggle with skin cancer. We came up with the idea of a simple device that would let anyone "see" if they had applied sunscreen properly, even after swimming, toweling off, playing outside all day, etc.
It took almost 2 years to build the right team who could turn the idea into reality. After several prototypes, we are now launching Sunscreenr to bring the idea to you.
Technology to see sunscreen. We humans are pretty amazing but actually our eyes are somewhat limited. Most of us see all the colors of the rainbow but that is just a tiny portion of the light that our Sun makes. UV rays coming from the Sun are invisible to us yet we know that those rays can do us serious damage which is why we wear sunscreen. We designed Sunscreenr specifically to show you the invisible - UV light.
Since sunscreen's job is to absorb UV light before it hits your skin it looks dark when you look at it through Sunscreenr. Unprotected skin appears light. Sunscreenr is made possible by the combination of several key components: a special filter that removes all light except the part of the spectrum that sunscreen absorbs, a completely custom lens made from special materials and a carefully selected sensor that can actually respond to UV light. We combined that hardware with our proprietary image processing algorithms to deliver an image to you that shows where sunscreen is on your skin.
For the geeky. Smartphones and digital cameras are designed to only capture visible light. In fact, they purposely filter-out the UV light that Sunscreenr uses to show you sunscreen. Here’s why:
- The image sensors in color digital cameras and smartphone cameras have a special filter (Bayer filter) that let's them "see" regular colors (red, green, blue) and that filter just about eliminates the ability of the sensor to respond to the UV spectrum.
- Lenses in both regular cameras and smartphone cameras are made from materials and have antireflection coatings that actually block most of the UV spectrum.
- The job of a camera lens is to capture and focus light. Lenses that are made to work for visible light (like in your smartphone) do not focus UV rays properly.
See Sunscreenr work. Demonstration of our prototype in action.
Founded by CEO David Cohen and Jon Meyer, who have a combined forty years of management, design, and product development experience, Voxelight’s mission is create innovative, technology-based products that use underexplored properties of light to create meaningful products for consumers. Voxelight is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Thanks to Our Partners & Supporters
Ginny Meyer, Lynne Yellin, Wolfgang Wagner, David Meyer, Kayla Krest, Gayle Krest, Lauren Krest, Zoe Cohen, Andrew Meyer, Allan Cohen, Barbara Cohen, Hunter Pendleton and Joe Root
Risks and challenges
Our focus over the next 6 months is to get you the Sunscreenr(s) you ordered so that you can use them to be safer in the sun.
The working prototype was built with off-the-shelf components so its capabilities are limited and its cost was pretty high. By contrast, the Sunscreenr you will receive will have a completely custom camera and optics inside of a purpose-built rugged and functional shell. In the past we have completed similar product development projects for the defense, forensic and medical markets so we have a solid understanding of the challenges. Nevertheless, delays always happen. Parts get discontinued, governments put new restrictions on shipping lithium batteries, suppliers make errors or deliver late and then demand extra fees.
We have built the production and fulfillment schedule conservatively using data from our suppliers. We have plans in place and have vendors ready to handle manufacturing at any scale.
We will be sending frequent updates to all of our backers to keep you informed of developments and progress. Although setbacks are inevitable, we are committed to getting Sunscreenr into your hands in a timely matter. We are committed to giving you a powerful new tool to protect yourself from sun damage. In a few short months you will be the first and only people on the planet to have this technology.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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