MIT's DuoSkin Tattoos Can Remotely Control Your Devices

Posted: Aug 15 2016, 8:20am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


MIT's DuoSkin Tattoos Can Remotely Control Your Devices
  • MIT DuoSkin employs Tattoos that Double as Functional Interfaces

MIT DuoSkin has employed a series of tattoos that also double as functional interfaces. This is a new development on this front of leading edge technology.

The next time you decided to step into a tattoo parlor, it may be for the sake of a functional skin marking and not just a showy image. The techies at MIT have managed to come up with a device known as DuoSkin.

This was created thanks to the much-needed collaboration of Microsoft Research. The goal is impermanent tattoos that also act as interfaces. Thus they can serve as input devices for smartphones and computers. 

Thanks to this interface tattoo, body temperature can be displayed at the drop of a hat. Also information may be passed on to another piece of technology in a jiffy.

The way this project started is very interesting. Metal jewelry has become the “in” thing in recent times. It is almost as popular as temporary tattoos.

This trend thus not only mixes up with the fashion statements of the modern generation but is utilitarian to boot. While the market for tattoos and metal jewelry definitely exists, DuoSkin decided to create a niche market of its own. This one is for functional tattoos though.  

It is a dirt-cheap trend despite being so leading edge in its nature. Also the ease with which it could be applied is so great that the mind is left reeling in response.

Gold leaf is used in this technology. This is the same substance that is used to cover most sweetmeats and desserts in the form of a flaky shining surface. It is essential for conductivity to take place. Other materials such as a vinyl cutter and tattoo printing paper are also used in the setup. 

Any graphic software will design the circuit. Then the design is created in reality using a vinyl cutter. The gold leaf is laid on top and voila! You have a temporary tattoo that doubles as an interface.

Very tiny surface components in the form of NFC chips go on to make the perfect interface tattoo. There are essentially three ways these could be employed. Firstly, it is as input devices that track various features and figures.

Also the virtual Cyborg tattoo could serve as a control knob for various devices. Finally, these tattoos can change color based on various factors. They also show the body temperature thereby alerting any person whether he or she has a fever or not.

Data registry is an extra feature of these tattoos. Once this nascent technology reaches the ordinary tattoo parlor, the whole setup will have taken off on a cultural level which is just swell when you come to think of it.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/20" rel="author">Sumayah Aamir</a>
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