Staying home during this time is necessary – but it does carry a risk of Vitamin D deficiency. That’s why a new project by Samsung-backed SunnyFive looks particularly appealing to me.
Samsung’s new Sunnyside
This week, Samsung has announced support of five of its startups born in their in-house incubator “C-Lab“. SunnyFive is one of them and the South Korean giant’s backing is not surprising, given their approach to wellness.
SunnyFive, formerly Sunnyside, has created a window-shaped lighting device that produces artificial sunlight. This device outputs the full spectrum of natural light that the sun usually produces. It also mimics the sun’s natural passage throughout the day.
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According to Samsung, this artificial window would help “users synthesize vitamin D while they are indoors or in low-lit places without having to worry about skin aging or sunburn”. Users would be able to position it wherever convenient and adjust the settings to their preferences. They can customize brightness, color temperature, and angle of sunlight through an app. The device will be integrated with Samsung’s SmartThings smart home platform.
This window seems to work similarly to SAD lamps. However, the fact that it actually looks like a real window and imitates its properties is particularly relevant today. This is the time when a lot of people must be inside and work from home. Many of them have to deal with poor lighting conditions. SunnyFive’s customizable offering could really be a game-changer for them. Giving you “sunlight, anytime, anywhere” sounds particularly great to those in cooler climates.
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We don’t yet know when this product will be available to consumers and which markets it’ll target. You can watch the video below to see SunnyFive’s concept. Samsung launched its in-house incubator C-Lab in 2012 to support its employees’ innovations. Since then, 45 startups have been created within it.
YouTube: Samsung C-Lab – SunnyFive / Sunnyside