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- Dec 30, 2010
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How would you feel if your brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 let you know you should put on sunscreen because of the volume of ultraviolet rays that are out that day? It's a bit of a gimmick, but Samsung is the king of throwing those into their devices, and the latest rumint suggests that might just happen.
Supposedly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 might have an ultraviolet sensor as part of its S Health line of services. This sensor will allow the phone to warn you when your skin might need some extra protection because the Sun's rays are a bit too caustic at that moment. The phone will actually be able to measure and inform of you of the UV Index level at that time, simply by holding the device at a 60 degree angle of elevation towards the sun.
Here's a quote below discussing some of the facts and myths about ultraviolet radiation.
The statements below are false:
- A tan results from your body defending itself against further damage from UV radiation.
- A dark tan on white skin offers only limited protection equivalent to an SPF of about 4.
- Up to 80% of solar UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover. Haze in the atmosphere can even increase UV radiation exposure.
- Water offers only minimal protection from UV radiation, and reflection from water can enhance your UV radiation exposure.
- UV radiation is generally lower during the winter months, but snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude. Pay particular attention in early spring when temperatures are low but sun's rays are unexpectedly strong.
- Sunscreens should not be used to increase sun exposure time but to increase protection during unavoidable exposure. The protection they afford depends critically on their correct application.
- UV radiation exposure is cumulative during the day.
- Sunburn is caused by UV radiation which cannot be felt. The heating effect is caused by the sun's infrared radiation and not by UV radiation
- A suntan is healthy.
- A tan protects you from the sun.
- You can't get sunburnt on a cloudy day.
- You can't get sunburnt while in the water.
- UV radiation during the winter is not dangerous.
- Sunscreens protect me so I can sunbathe much longer.
- If you take regular breaks during sunbathing you won't get sunburnt.
- If you don't fell the hot rays of the sun you won't get sunburnt.