Sunsprite UV Monitor

Sunsprite UV Monitor

Stream Product Design – 2013

In the summer of 2013 I joined Stream Product Design as their first ever intern to help work on Sunsprite, assisting in the research and design of the product in concert with manufacturers and a technical team to manage feasibility, functionality, and aesthetics.

 

The Product

Natural light is crucial for regulating your sleep cycle, and has proven benefits to energy, mood, and focus.

For both those with seasonal and non-seasonal depression, it has been shown to reduce stress and be more effective than antidepressants in treating depression, and light therapy is being prescribed as a remedy for the 15% of Americans diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder, and increasingly more for general depression. 

Sunsprite is a personal light tracker that improves health by monitoring exposure to natural light.

 

Inspirations

Initial material and pattern explorations allowed us to test what emotional connections users had to certain textures.

Initial material and pattern explorations allowed us to test what emotional connections users had to certain textures.

With a 4:1 female:male ratio of those requiring treatment, it was important that the device was appealing and approachable to everyone. We referenced forms in jewelry as well as emerging technology to create a lightweight, graceful design that would work in both professional and casual enviroments.

With a 4:1 female:male ratio of those requiring treatment, it was important that the device was appealing and approachable to everyone. We referenced forms in jewelry as well as emerging technology to create a lightweight, graceful design that would work in both professional and casual enviroments.

Some early prototypes to test the aesthetics of different configurations of internal components.

Some early prototypes to test the aesthetics of different configurations of internal components.

Exploring different methods of attachment with 3D printed prototypes.

Exploring different methods of attachment with 3D printed prototypes.

We tested a variety of ways to attach to a diversity of clothing and jewelry options.

We tested a variety of ways to attach to a diversity of clothing and jewelry options.

The final design

The final design

The product went on to win multiple awards and mentions in press, notably “Innovation of the Year” 2014 from Popular Science.