As technology changes, making things smaller and cheaper, new market niches open. One such niche can be found in environmental monitoring technology that lets people track the ultraviolet (UV) index on a moment-by-moment basis. APA Enterprises is one company that is filling this niche with products that go beyond simple UV monitors. Their products, of which the wristwatch shown here is one in the Sport Series, not only monitor UV radiation but are meant to help you determine when your skin needs more complete protection.
The wristwatch weighs 1.3 ounces (37 grams). The watch provides basic time-keeping functions. Its main purpose though is to monitor UV radiation and help you determine when you need to add protection (this means adding clothing that blocks UV radiation). The watch, and the other products APA sells, achieves this by analyzing data you provide about your skin and the amount of sun protection you are currently using with the readings it takes of current, and past UV output over time.
While there is no doubt that skin cancer is a serious concern and that backpackers, such as ourselves, spend a great deal in the sun it is hard to say whether this product, or others like it, will help reduce those concerns. Perhaps the most important feature of the APA Enterprises products is their stand-out ability to help remind us to get out of the sun when the need arises. Through that gentle reminder perhaps the wearer can change his or her behavior to further reduce the odds of seriouasly damaging their largest organ.
Features and Specifications
- The wristwatch is the lightest in the Sport series line weighing 1.3 ounces (37 g).
- APA sells several other monitors in various styles not only meant for individual use, but for families as well.