MIT has developed smart tattoos that can control technology

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Aug 15, 2016

Talk about the ultimate in wearable technology — how about your own skin?

Engadget reports that researchers from MIT and Microsoft Research have developed a new project codenamed “DuoSkin,” which can be used to apply temporary metallic tattoos capable of working as on-skin interfaces for gadgets. Basically: You can control technology from your own skin. Cool, right? 

The tech is still fairly new, but the team has apparently demonstrated its feasibility in a few different concepts: The “flash tattoos” can be used to transform your skin into a trackpad, function as a button or slider or control mobile tech or computers, and it can store data read by NFC-enabled devices. They’re also fairly easy to make, too, by printing the pattern for the circuit and putting it on a gold leaf layer for conductivity.

The applications are endless, and though it seems like a cool gimmick, it could certainly develop into something truly practical given the right set of circumstances. Plus, they come in all kinds of designs, as the team is smart enough to know it needs to look cool if people are going to use it.

Check out some background info on the tech in action below and let us know what you think:

(Via Engadget)

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