French firm’s new ‘smart bikini’ to stop sun burn

A French company has made waves in France after it invented a bikini that can tell sunbathers when they need to reapply sun cream.

French firm's new 'smart bikini' to stop sun burn
Wearers of the new bikini will hopefully never get sunburned again. Photo: Spinali Design
The bikini, which was itself a French creation, has officially been reinvented – and just in time for summer.
A French start-up has come up with what they call the “bikini connecté” (The Connected Bikini). The swimwear features a removable and waterproof UV sensor that measures exactly when sun cream should be applied or re-applied.
By recording the temperature and correlating it with the additional inputs from the user about their skin type, the bikini literally sends a message to the user's smartphone before any sun damage is done.
The company behind the product, Spinali Design, launched the bikini in May and has begun rolling out the swimwear this week.
Marie Spinali, the founder of the company, told French newspaper L'Express that the idea came to her, perhaps unsurprisingly, after she witnessed someone getting sunburned at a beach.
“I was wondering why she didn't react, why she didn't put on some sun cream or get into the shade,” she said.
The swimwear, which is currently only available for women, are on sale from €149.
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IN PICS: The Corsican beach chosen as France’s ‘most beautiful’

Tripadvisor users have chosen Corsica’s breath-taking Palombaggia beach as their favourite. Here are some photos that might just decide where you’re spending your holiday this summer.

IN PICS: The Corsican beach chosen as France's 'most beautiful'
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Not far from the quaint town of Porto-Vecchio in Corse-du-Sud (South Corsica) lies a strip of sand that has beach bums raving for everything it has to offer. 

That’s at least according to users of travel review website Tripadvisor, who voted for Palombaggia beach as France’s finest.

“A sublime place, my favourite beach in Corsica. Clear warm waters sparkle in the sun, and the white sand is as fine as powder,” wrote one user quoted by Tripadvisor.

As expected such natural beauty doesn’t go unnoticed by beachgoers, meaning that Palombaggia is often swarming with tourists during the busy holiday periods.

The Isle of Beauty’s “jewel” as it’s been described has also featured on Tripadvisor lists for Europe’s best beaches.

But Corsica has other gems that have made it onto this year’s French-themed beach list: Saleccia beach to the north in fifth and Petit Sperone beach in seventh, less than an hour’s drive from Palombaggia.


And if Corsica isn’t for you, there are other amazing beaches across l’Héxagone that have made it onto the best beach list.

Sillon beach in Saint Malo in Brittany came in second, La Côte des Basques in Biarritz in third and Hendaye beach in fourth (both in the Bay of Biscay), Pampelonne Beach in St Tropez in sixth, Le Tourquet and Deauville beaches in the far north of France in eighth and ninth position, and finally Escalet beach in tenth, also near St Tropez.