Control interface in stylish tattoo

MIT has joined forces with Microsoft Research to develop temporary tattoos that double up as input and communication devices. Researchers will present a paper on DuoSkin at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC’16) in September where they will demonstrate how the electronic tattoos can be cheaply and easily produced. The tattoos use gold leaf for skin-friendly, creative body art.

DuoSkin allows users to control devices, display information and even store information on the skin that can be used for NFC. 

In a statement researchers say: “We believe that in the future, on-skin electronics will no longer be black-boxed and mystified instead, they will converge towards the user friendliness, extensibility, and aesthetics of body decorations, forming a DuoSkin integrated to the extent that it has seemingly disappeared.”

ISWC’16 will be held in Heidelberg, Germany, September 12 to 16, 2016. 

Download the research paper.