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Outdoors 30

Published on September 8th, 2006 | by Greg

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Alas, The Poor Sun

We owe a lot to the sun- pretty much all life depends on it. And now, what do we do, in our infinite scientific wisdom

At least, some of us do. If you are one of “us”, the albinic of complexion, the redheads, those who just prefer to stay indoors- then you might want to take matters into your own hands. As the slogan says, “Why guess…. when you can test?”… and the UV Hawk allows you to test the intensity of sunlight and can alert you when those big bad ultraviolet rays get to be too much.

Basically, you tell it your skin tone, the SPF of the sunscreen you are wearing, and it works as an alarm to help keep you aware of when you might be in danger of overexposure. It’s tiny, light, pretty easy to use, and can even tell you the temperature. We tried it on a beach, we tried it at night time, we tried it indoors, and it seemed to detect… well, something. I guess UV rays are invisible and all, but it wasn’t always clear why it had decided to set off the alarms.

But hey- for around $50, it’s a neat gift idea for the guy who really, really likes sensors. Or for those who just can’t get it through their heads that El Sol will eventually break through their sunscreen and come for their El Souls. The UV Hawk is available at many shops- both online, and ones that require you to get some rays.


About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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