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MIT and Microsoft develop a temporary "smart" tattoo

2016-08-15 03:01 by
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Researchers from Microsoft Research and the MIT's Media Lab have successfully combined embedded sensors and gold leaf—a connective element—to create interactive temporary tattoos. Called DuoSkin, the project will be presented at a wearables symposium next month.

The temporary tattoo that can be used in several ways: it can turn the skin into a touchpad, can allow to remotely control your smartphone, or share data using NFC.

"Importantly, DuoSkin incorporates aesthetic customizations found on body decoration, giving form to exposed interfaces that so far have mostly been concealed by covers. Our technical evaluation confirmed that gold skin was more durable and preferable when affixed to skin than currently commodity materials during everyday wear," reads the research paper from MIT's Media Lab and Microsoft Research.

"This makes gold leaf a viable material for users to build functional and compelling on-skin devices. In our workshop evaluation, participants were able to customize their own on-skin music controllers that reflected personal aesthetics."

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