Tat­toos get smart ink

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

WE have heard about the good oil, but how about the good ink?

Har­vard and MIT re­searchers have turned body art into med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy by de­vel­op­ing tat­too ink ca­pa­ble of mon­i­tor­ing health.

The smart ink changes colour if the wearer is de­hy­drated or if blood sugars rise and fall in di­a­bet­ics.

The bio-sen­si­tive inks de­vel­oped at Har­vard have com­bined with tra­di­tional tat­too artistry as a way to over­come some of the lim­i­ta­tions of cur­rent bio­med­i­cal mon­i­tor­ing de­vices which are bat­tery de­pen­dent.


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