Scientists have discovered that new temporary tattoos can control your devices or smartphone apps. The high-tech temporary tattoo was created by Microsoft researchers along with MIT researchers and is called DuoSkin.
These tattoos that are made from gold leaf (and sometimes LEDs) are designed to look more like jewelry than the temporary tattoos. Utilizing temporary tattoo paper, the researchers then used desktop publishing software to create the tattoo they desire and put it through a vinyl cutter. Afterward, they layer the gold leaf atop the vinyl cut-out and connect it to an enthusiastic arm. Continuing with the application of NFC chips to the gold leaf, the process is then complete.
The materials used by the designers reflect a metallic look and are aesthetic.
Once connected, the tattoo then behaved as a touchpad, display, and wireless communication. With just a slide on your skin, you can log into a computer or laptop.
Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, a Ph.D. student at MIT, mentioned that these tattoos allow users to control their mobile devices, store information on their skin and display information while serving as a statement of personal style.
By using this device, Cindy said that anyone could download to their skin a movie ticket, for example, just by using the NFS sensors. You could also use the temporary tattoo to control the music on your smartphone. LED’s could be inserted in the tattoo so the next time you go clubbing your tattoo could dance along with you.
The DuoSkin project has been proved to work on a variety of skin tones and is more of a control pad which doesn’t project an entire readable touchscreen.
The capability of acting as an output device was demonstrated by MIT and Microsoft researchers with “Couple Harmony”, an app designed for couples to share their emotions. One person that tried the app and pushed the “mood button” when they felt angry caused the other person’s flame-shape tattoo to light up.
The tattoo had built-in LED’s that caused the tattoo to glow white so that they could observe when their partner was upset.
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