Hate Sunburn? Build a Sun Monitor!

Hate Sunburn? Build a Sun Monitor!

Joelle Alcaidinho
Jun 25, 2010

'Tis the season to be outdoors, with a BBQ every other weekend and the 4th right around the corner, sun protection is on our minds. Summer allows us to bring entertaining outside of our tiny apartment and we love gathering together friends for a meal under the sun. Being fair skinned and a huge geek this project from Instructables looks like a great way to help protect against sunburn through tech.

Dubbed "Mr Burns," this tiny device is a sunburn alarm created by Instructables user Nmcclana. Mr Burns uses information about your skin type and any sunscreen you're wearing with a real time UV light measurement in order to warn you when your skin is about to burn.

Mr Burns was built using a Propeller Platform SD, LCD UI module, blue LED and 22pF Cap. Included in this how to are also instructions for how to build it on a breadboard. In addition to the materials, some programming know-how is also needed. The necessary sourcecode can be found here.

We love sitting outside and enjoying the Summer weather, but loathe sunburn and we think this handy little device would be a great way to monitor sun exposure while enjoying some tunes outside. We also think this device will come in handy when trying to persuade our significant others of the importance of re-applying sunscreen in order to prevent sunburn.

Check out the post on Instructables for more info on how Mr Burns works and the DIY instructions.

For more tech fun in the sun and outdoor summer entertaining check out these posts:

[Images: Instructables user Nmcclana]

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