MIT’s new temporary tattoos turn your skin into an interface

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A new paper published by MIT Media Lab introduces DuoSkin, a temporary tattoo technology that allows people to create interfaces on their own skin. Inspired by metallic “flash tattoos”, the team designed the technology with aesthetics and accessibility in mind, so that DuoSkin is something people want to wear as well as a cool toy. Using gold foil, engineers were able to create three classes of DuoSkin that function as inputs, outputs, and communication devices. Input devices can be used as a trackpad or controller to, for example, change the volume of music that is playing. Output devices display data, such as your body temperature or the emotion you are feeling. Communication devices can incorporate technology such as NFC chips, so that data can be stored in your tattoo and read by phone or other sensors.

DuoSkin is incredibly attractive to look at and its applications are almost endless. It’s not hard to imagine a party host casually stroking her elegant gold tattoo to crank up the music, or an experimental musician playing songs entirely controlled by designs on her body. The future is going to be really cool. Watch the MIT video below to learn more.

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