A doctor’s startup, Eclipse Rx, hopes to make skin cancer history.
The Kansas City-based company, plans to release a solar-powered, sun-monitoring wearable this summer that will provide users with information about the level of sun they are receiving and how to prevent injury.
The wearable communicates with a phone that will send alerts and information, as well as count steps for users, said dermatologist and creator Brian Matthys.
“It really can allow people to love life outdoors in a way they’ve never been able to do before because of the level of awareness and the ability to protect your skin,” he said.
Skin cancer is the most common and most preventable cancer, said Matthys, who has been conceptualizing the idea of a wearable device for the past three years to help provide avenues to change the behavior of users.
“The idea of having a passion and a purpose behind the wearable device is really what sets us apart,” he said.
Eclipse Rx has an expansive team, spanning more than several companies across Kansas City, including Engenious Design, to work on different aspects of the product. Matthys attributes his successes to the connections and network within the metro.
“If you want to do something you can do it in Kansas City. You don’t need to be in Silicon Valley or New York,” he said. “You can do it here.”
Eclipse Rx is currently looking to get funding and hopes to maximize its marketing plan to reach consumers at risk for sun damage.
“I know that we’re going to make a big dent for people and help them significantly to prevent sun related risks.” he said. “I always tell people when I see them: what do you care about, health or the beauty of your skin?”
Eclipse Rx takes care of both, Matthys said, and takes the worry out of time outside.
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