Analyst: iWatch Sensor to Protect You from Sunburn

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Wearing a watch protects your wrist from sunburn, but if Barclay's analyst Blayne Curtis is right, Apple's iWatch will be able to protect your entire body. It doesn't cover your body or coat you in sunscreen; instead, he thinks the iWatch will include a UV sensor that can help monitor your sun exposure to avoid sunburns.

Analyst thinks iWatch will include a UV sensorAnalyst thinks iWatch will include a UV sensor

In a note to investors, he said,

Silicon Labs recently announced a family of products featuring the industry's first digital ultraviolet index sensors. These chips measure UV exposure to aid those with elevated risk of sunburn or just a general concern about excessive sun exposure, and we believe they may be of appealing to OEMs looking to differentiate in a crowded market. To that end, while these products have seen little public hype thus far, we believe SLAB has a win in Apple's upcoming iWatch.

The iWatch is Apple's rumored first entry into the wearable technology market. It's expected to offer health and fitness tracking features much like Fitbit and Nike Fuelband, but with a market changing design. Assuming Mr. Curtis is right, it'll help you avoid prolonged sun exposure, too.

He expects the iWatch will ship some time in late 2014 or early 2015. Assuming it hits store shelves this year, Mr. Curtis thinks it will expects consumers will buy somewhere between 5 million and ten million units.

Apple hasn't confirmed it is working on a smartwatch, but company CEO Tim Cook has expressed a strong interest in the market. Apple has also been on a health and fitness expert hiring spree over the past couple years, which adds a lot to the notion that wearable tech from the company is on the way.

[Thanks to Barrons for the heads up]

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At this point it's starting to sound like Apple is designing a wrist top tricorder and not just a smartwatch. Maybe it'll be able to scan for alien life forms, too.

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John Dingler, artist

Hi Jeff,
No one is addressing Earth changes due to the effects of Nibiru (Planet X) in the solar system. The alleged effects are Earth’s erratic wobble, bizarre weather patterns, heating up of the Earth’s core causing polar ice to melt from the bottom, an increase in tectonic shifts, failed GPS signals, and strange lights and booms. Big gub’mnt reacts by releasing chemicals into the high atmosphere to via thin chemtrails that persist and expand to create strange, ugly, synthetic Cirrus clouds.

Science is observing and assessing the effects – all deleterious – of increased ultraviolet rays permitted to reaching life forms through man-made holes in the otherwise protective Ozone layer.

Innovator Apple may be aiming for where the puck will be, not where Samsung’s puck is now.

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