Tat­toos of the fu­ture

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A team from MIT and Mi­crosoft Re­search have de­vel­oped metal­lic tem­po­rary tat­toos that can act as an in­ter­face on your skin. Called Du­oskin, the wear­able tech can act as a track­ing pad that could, for ex­am­ple, con­trol mu­sic vol­ume on a smart­phone. The key to the tat­too’s abil­ity is the con­duc­tive gold leaf ma­te­rial used to form the cir­cuit. Ac­com­pa­nied by tat­too pa­per sil­i­cone, touch elec­trodes are at­tached to the gold leaf de­sign and a ca­pac­i­tive touch con­troller. The in­for­ma­tion from the tat­too is then trans­mit­ted via Near-far Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (NFC) to a de­vice. The team also de­vel­oped a tat­too that changes colour rel­a­tive to body tem­per­a­ture and one with in-built LED lights.

Tem­po­rary tat­toos could be the fu­ture for con­trol­ling our smart­phones

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