MIT, in collaboration with Microsoft, has created a new touch interface, DuoSkin, which allows temporary tattoos to interact with smartphones or computers at the output of the screen based on changes in body temperature.
Temporary tattoo even allows data to be transmitted using NFC.
Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, a PhD student at MIT, says tattoos are not only fashionable, but they are also a pretty cheap way to "change your appearance whenever you want." DuoSkin's team wanted to achieve the same offer an affordable technology with an attractive trend.
DuoSkin tattoos are available in one of three different categories:
An input class that turns your skin into a trackpad.
An output class that can change color based on skin temperature.
and a communication device that allows you to get data from the tattoo.
Each form uses a gold leaf to create a durable and aesthetically pleasing temporary tattoo. From there, researchers create a circuit using a graphics software. Each tattoo can also contain an NFC chip, a thermochromic layer, or even LED lights.
Kao says DuoSkin provides many interconnection alternatives for even the most "cumbersome" pieces of technology - such as a SmartWatch.
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