Smart tattoos


Wearable technology is getting a bit fancy these days, but wait til you hear what could be next: Sub-dermal sensors – in the form of tattoos.

In the US, MIT’s Media Lab have recently developed a tattoo ink created from biosensors that change colour depending on various readings from the body.

“The pH sensor changes between purple and pink, the glucose sensor shifts between blue and brown; the sodium and a second pH sensor fluoresce at a higher intensity under UV light,” explains the MIT research team.

The tattoos will enable your skin to literally become an interactive display.

While the technology is still part of a research project and has only been tested on pig skin rather that actual humans, there are very real applications for the health and medical industries.

As fitness trackers like Fitbits and Apple Watches become all the more ubiquitous, consumers are hungry for more in-depth, hyper-personalised data to analyse their health and wellbeing metrics. Bio-sensor tattoos may still be a product of the not-too-distant future, they are a sign of our technology-infused age that is increasingly ready to accept human-device symbiosis.

Posted on June 8, 2017 in Future, Ideas, Innovation, People, Wellness

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