The ring that monitors your vitamin D levels

Wearable devices have become increasingly adept at monitoring a range of bodily signals.  One of the more interesting has been developed by Dutch company e-Senses, who have built a ring that they claim can track sunlight and vitamin D levels.

The device, which is currently raising money on Indiegogo, tracks UV and light via sensors to calculate the sun the wearer has absorbed, and from that the vitamin D they have received from the sun.

Vitamin D deficiency

It’s estimated that over a billion people around the world suffer from vitamin D deficiency.  Whilst there are numerous reasons for this, as with so much, awareness is the first step towards rectifying something that can have severe consequences.  These range from relatively minor issues such as fatigue and poor concentration, all the way up to more serious ones such as depression or cancer.

Knowing where you stand therefore, could be rather useful.  The device is designed to be worn on your finger and monitor your vitamin D intake.  It comes with an app (on both iOS and Android) to allow you to monitor your data over time.  It also provides a degree of ‘coaching’ via an AI based feature that can help you keep within the healthy limits of vitamin D, whilst not going overboard and running the risk of the various conditions associated with excessive exposure to sunlight.

The device is due to retail at €149 when it hits the shops, but if you support the crowdfunding campaign you can get it for just €119.

Check out the video below to learn more about the app and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


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