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'Smart' bikini sends burn alert

A "wired" bikini that warns bathers of too much UV exposure via their smartphones could consign sunburn to history, its French makers Spinali Design claim.

In what is said to be a world first, a tiny sensor is attached to the fabric of women's one or two-piece swimsuits (€150-€200) and tells users when they are about to burn "depending on their skin type". The technology will advise women on when to move into the shade or apply more sunscreen. The alerts are sent to a user's smartphone.