Bringing technology even closer to the end user, MIT and Microsoft Research have collaborated on DuoSkin, temporary tattoos that fuse technology with contemporary design. They’re not just for decoration – the tattoos can control personal devices and allow data to be read directly from the wearer’s skin.
Connectivity is made possible by a combination of gold leaf layered on top of a small circuit of electronic components, including NFC chips. A generic vinyl cutter and temporary tattoo paper can be used to assemble the tattoo itself at low cost.
Developed by Cindy Hsin Liu Kao, a PHD student at the MIT Media Lab, the temporary metallic tattoos were inspired by a trend in Taiwanese street fashion and cosmetics that’s allowing consumers to change and edit their appearance.
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