Although right now it looks like something from the Star Trek, MIT has developed a tattoo that is actually a circuit that can be used as an input device to control your devices like smartphones, computers and tablets. Of course these are temporary tattoos and they can be easily replaced by other tattoos. This interface technology that allows you to control devices from your skin by touching the tattoo is called DuoSkin.
This TechCrunch report says that the tattoo that lets you control devices from your skin blends aesthetics with cutting-edge technology. Jewelry-like temporary tattoos are quite fashionable these days, says Cindy Hsin-Lui Kao, a PhD student at the MIT media lab and the same concept is applied to this high-tech device.
Here is the MIT media lab video that explains the concept behind the concept that allows you to use a temporary tattoo to control devices.
The tattoo that lets you control devices from your skin is very inexpensive and it can be set up by anybody anytime. The design can be prepared using any design software on your computer. After you have designed your preferred pattern, you can feed the design through the winner cutter which cuts the design that you can later on fix on your skin.
The circuit is made of gold leaf – in India such small flakes of gold are found on different sweets. After vinyl cutter has created the wearable tattoo, small, surface mount electronic components including NFC chips creates the device that you can use to control computers, laptops and smartphones by simply touching your skin.