Digital Health

UV-Bodyguard warns against too much sun

Summer, sun, sunburn: the UV rays that come with midsummer temperatures stress our skin. A spin-off of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) - ajuma - has developed a "UV bodyguard" that is worn on the body and, together with an app, warns us in good time of sunburn and an overdose of UV radiation. 

The app combines measurement data from the UV-Bodyguard and satellite data from the European earth observation programme COPERNICUS to determine the current UV dose. According to the developers Annette Barth and Julian Meyer-Arnek, the UV-Bodyguard is particularly suitable for children, but also for outdoor fans and athletes. At the same time, it can also help build up the body's own vitamin D stores. 

The idea for the UV-Bodyguard came to the two founders with the birth of their daughter and the fact that there was no suitable UV sensor at the time. The start-up has already received several awards for its development, including the Horst Rauck Founders' Prize 2021. And this is what the gadget looks like: 

More about the UV-Bodyguard and its inventors can be found on the ajuma website.

Text: Kristina Tewes