Technology is going wide as the day goes by! Maybe, later on, there would be no need to control your Device using your Finger, to touch your phone with your hand always might later be a taboo.
A company called “MIT” just created a temporary tattoo that can control your connected devices. MIT is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a world leader in research and education.
MIT who collaborated or partnered with Microsoft just created a new touch interface, DuoSkin, that allows temporary tattoos to interact with Smartphones or Computers, display output based on body temperature changes and even transmit data using NFC.
“A new MIT Media Lab product called DuoSkin created in partnership with Microsoft Research turns temporary tattoos into connected interfaces, letting them act as input for smartphones or computers, display output based on changes in body temperature and transmit data to other devices via NFC.”
Microsoft is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.
This MIT’s DuoSkin turns temporary tattoos into on-skin interfaces! Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, PhD student at MIT, says the tattoos are not only trendy, but cheap enough “change and edit your appearance whenever you want.”
In Taiwan, Kao notes, there’s a “huge culture” of intermingled cosmetics and street fashion. The DuoSkin team wanted to achieve the same thing by keeping the technology affordable, attractive and on trend.
Aside the Aesthetics, the tattoos are highly functional. Each DuoSkin tattoo is available in one of three separate classes:
a. An input class that turns your skin into a trackpad.
b. An output class that can change color based on skin temperature.
c. A communication device that lets you pull data from the tattoo.
Meanwhile, each class uses a gold leaf to create a durable and aesthetically pleasing temporary tattoo. From there, researchers create a circuit using graphics software before cutting out and placing the design like a normal temporary tattoo.
And also each tattoo can also contain an NFC chip, thermochromic layer, or even LED lights. Kao also suggests tech like this would be a perfect fit for tattoo parlors.
With endless customization options, DuoSkin provides a great interfacing alternative for those adverse to other, more cumbersome pieces of technology — like a smartwatch.