Breaking! New Technology Turns Computer Screen Into Tanning Bed


To convince people of the dangers of skin cancer, UK charity SKCin, with help from Rubber Republic, has launched ComputerTan, a fake company and website that purports to have developed a "revolutionary new way to help keep you looking healthy, young and attractive in the office."

The gist? ComputerTan makes it possible to get a tan from your computer monitor. Activating the free trial loads a cool, full screen tanning screen which, after a while, delivers the the form of disgusting pictures of people with nasty skin cancer legions. Gross.

But, it works. The effort hopes to make people aware of the fact skin cancer kills up to five people each day in the UK. There's a mobile app and even a line of products supporting the effort.

An infomercial-style video placed on YouTube hopes to lure visitors to the site under the guise ComputerTan is the real thing.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 3-09   Click to Comment   
Topic: Cause, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Spoofs, Video   

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Posted by: Allie on February 3, 2009 12:39 PM


Posted by: Allie on February 3, 2009 12:39 PM

superb! Only problem is LCD, LED and Plasma screens do not pour out dangerous radiation like the old scholo big boxes (CRT) which housed a cathode ray tube which did project dangerous rays! Am I wrong or is this awesome ad a total waste of time ?

Posted by: arthur barbato on February 3, 2009 3:20 PM

What's awesome about it, exactly? Telling people not to tan so they don't get skin cancer when they'd be less likely to get every other kind of cancer is exactly the kind of sloppy unscientific thinking that marks most health advocacy.

Posted by: Jonas Cord on February 4, 2009 2:56 PM

You're not wrong Arthur, but confused. This PSA has nothing to do with CRTs.

Posted by: Chad Portas on February 4, 2009 5:49 PM