If you love the sun, there’s a chance you may love the Sunsprite wearable light tracker even more. The company recently sent us one of these devices that aims to help with your mood, energy levels and even sleep.
The Sunsprite was invented by doctors who say it can lower blood pressure, help you get stronger bones and so much more. So how much sunlight is enough? This is where the Sunsprite comes in. The small wearable has a magnetic clip attached so you can wear it on your collar, jacket, purse strap or anywhere that gets about as much sunlight as your eyes. The company also sells a necklace that can hold the device to make it a bit more fashionable; the jewelry piece comes with a matching adjustable 23-inch long chain, along with a magnetic clasp so you can wear it as a brooch as well if you’d like.
You want it to be close to your face because the company says the benefits of bright light are caused by it entering your eyes, not being absorbed by your skin. They also say that it’s best to be in the sun in the morning, within two hours of waking up.
The creators of this gadget are doctors and they say they’ve known for years that bright light could be just as effective as medication for treating illnesses like depression because it reportedly regulates our circadian rhythms and there are no side-effects like there could be when you take pills. They say weather and sun position make tracking light complex, which is why they invented the Sunsprite. I spoke to Dr. Jacqueline Olds, and she told me that wearing the Sunsprite in the morning and ensuring that you get the right amount of sun can “focus your mind better than a cup of coffee.”
Check out the video above to find out what else she said!
Now the device has flashing lights in the center, within the LED display, and you can press the button on the side of it to see how you’re doing. There are 10 lights and each one represents 10 percent of your progress, so if only two lights are blinking, you’ve only reached 20 percent of your daily goal. However, if all of the lights are blinking that means you’ve gotten the amount of light needed to improve your mood, energy levels and sleep, according to the company.
You can also download the companion app to check on your sun time. It shows you how close you are to hitting your daily goal and when you’ve reached 100 percent the app will reward you by unlocking a badge. It also has a circle in the top right-hand corner that gives you a real-time UV read-out.
The Sunsprite transmits all of your personal light data wirelessly using low-energy Bluetooth Smart, so you don’t have to worry about plugging the device into your phone or computer. Doctors recommend the equivalent of at least 10,000 lux for 30 minutes each morning, according to the company, and the Sunsprite measures both your lux levels and exposure times.
Overnight, the app will reset itself, but if you don’t have your Sunsprite connected to the application, you can clear your progress by pressing and holding the button on the side. Either way works, but the app offers more statistics. The Sunsprite was designed with dual sensors that measure ultra-violet and invisible light and it doesn’t even need a battery given that it’s solar powered. It will only set you back about $100, click here if you want one of your own.