Overexposure to UV radiation can be life threatening
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, yet a Cancer Council Victoria survey has revealed that more than a third of Victorians cannot identify the main cause of sunburn.
The lack of knowledge places themselves and their families at risk of sun damage and ultimately skin cancer.
"UV is not like sunlight that we can see, or the sun's heat, which we can feel. We usually don't realise how strong the rays are until the damage has already been done."
Heather Walker - SunSmart Manager
As ultraviolet radiation cannot be detected by the human senses, A2I2 collaborated with Cancel Council Victoria to design a solution that simulates the potential damage that UV can cause.
To make UV more tangible, the SeeUV visualiser uses an augmented reality filter to create a virtual representation of ultraviolet radiation. These beams are a representation based on the UV index provided by the Bureau of Meteorology, and rotate based on the sun's location.
In addition to this, a selfie skin damage filter enables users to capture a selfie to simulate what damaged skin looks like.
SeeUV is currently being adopted in school programmes and skin cancer prevention courses around Australia.