MIT, Microsoft Research design smart tattoo to control your smartphone
Gold leaf smart tattoo lets you communicate and share information with other devices through NFC
MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research engineers have jointly created a smart tattoo with the purpose to interact with surrounding gadgets at the touch of your fingertips.
The technology, dubbed DuoSkin, is placed on the skin similar to a regular transferable tattoo but in this case it is embedded with a small touch input surface and sensors enabling the user to control their smartphone, transfer data through NFC such as payments.
The developers revealed that the tattoo can be designed to any look and then transferred to gold leaf, which has conductive traits, before being applied to the skin. The team also outlined three key uses for DuoSkin: turning the skin into a trackpad, design it to change colour based on temperature or communicate and share information with other devices through NFC.
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Microsoft stated: "DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin. Using gold metal leaf, a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear, we demonstrate three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication.
"DuoSkin draws from the aesthetics found in metallic jewellery-like temporary tattoos to create on-skin devices which resemble jewellery. DuoSkin devices enable users to control their mobile devices, display information, and store information on their skin while serving as a statement of personal style."
Though this wearable is still in development stages, it may not take long to before this type of technology hits the wearables industry.