MIT’s Flash Tattoos Turn Your Skin Into An Interface
Keeping aesthetics, accessibility in mind and something that people would actually love to wear, a team from MIT and Microsoft Research inspired by metallic “flash tattoos” have developed a fabrication process called “DuoSkin.” This is a temporary tattoo technology that enables people to create interfaces on their own skin.
MIT Media Lab already demonstrated DuoSkin’s capability in three different ways that functions as inputs, outputs and communication devices. The input devices can be used as a trackpad, a button or a slider to control mobile devices and computers or adjust the volume of a music system. Output devices display data such as changing colors based on your body temperature or what emotions you are feeling. Finally, the communication devices can keep data in your tattoo that phones and other NFC-enabled devices can read.
Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, one of the team’s lead researchers, said DuoSkin tattoos are very simple to make and extremely appealing to look at. In order to create patterns for the circuit, you can use any graphics software and just put on a gold leaf layer on top for conductivity.
For more information, you can check out MIT’s scientific paper on the project’s official website. Watch MIT’s video below to know more about DuoSkin.