Apple Watch will soon be able to protect you from UV ray exposure
Apple Watch, in the past, has helped in saving lives of countless people. The internet is full of incidents wherein the device has helped people in detecting various health conditions including kidney disease and heart diseases. And now, the company is planing to take this a step ahead by adding a feature that would help in preventing conditions such as sunburn and skin cancer.
The Cupertino, California based tech company has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office that would help the Apple Watch to detect if a user is outdoors and how much he has been exposed to the harmful UV radiation.
Apple's patent describes a "dosimeter function" in a portable multifunction device that "utilises a UV light sensor to detect the user's presence while outdoors and measure the cumulative outdoor exposure time". The total exposure to UV light is provided either via a text message or via an alert.
Furthermore, the patent suggests that the UV index value and the total amount of exposure to the UV rays would be combined to determine if the user stands at a risk of skin damage and guiding the users for appropriate preventive measures to minimise the damage.
Additionally, the smartwatch would also feature an ambient light sensor and an infrared light sensor that would be used to determine the amount and state of light the user is getting exposed to.
Interestingly, while Apple mentions the use of a device to measure the exposure to UV rays, the image provided in the patent suggests that the feature would be a part of the Apple Watch. This seems a logical step for Apple, especially after the advanced features the company introduced in its Apple Watch Series 4, which the trillion dollar firm introduced in September this year alongside its three new iPhones-iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
The Watch Series 4 comes with a fall detection feature which alerts the user's emergency contact whenever they meet a hard fall. Besides this, it also comes with an ECG sensor which detects if the user has a normal or an abnormal heart rate.