This is not an ordinary bikini. It is a smart and connected bikini able to warn bathers about too much ultraviolet (UV) exposure, which can have harmful effects on skin and health in general.
This very special swimsuit, manufactured by the French company Spinali Design, has a sensor attached to its fabric. The sensor can detect UV exposure and tell users when they are about to burn, depending on their skin type, bysending an alert to their smartphone via an application.
A children’s version is also being developed, complete with GPS to warn parents if kids wander off the beach. The swimsuits are priced at around 150 to 200 euros.
Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.