Vote: Are Smart Tattoos the Next Big Thing?

By Abbey Tiderman 10.02.2016 blog


You know that momentary panic that sets in when you can’t find your phone? Hey, it’s understandable! We depend on our devices for a lot these days, from playing our favorite music and games to snapping selfies and staying connected with friends. But what if you didn’t have to search frantically or ask your pals to call you every time you wanted to locate it? What if you always had it on you? Literally.

MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research are upping the wearable technology game with a temporary tattoo that can control your mobile devices and store and extract data by the touch of your skin. According to a paper published by the institutions, “The key element of DuoSkin is gold leaf, a skin friendly and conductive material that we appropriate for three purposes in DuoSkin devices: sensing input, powering displays for output, and near-field communication.”

To create this smart tattoo of the future, they first use a digital program to design a circuit. It gets cut out on tattoo paper and golf leaf, and a thermochromic layer or NFC Chip is added. Then the stylish interface can be adhered to your arm as a bracelet or even your neck as a necklace with water and light pressure, just like a temporary tattoo. It even changes color depending on your mood! Would you try wearing an electronic tattoo? Do you think something like this could help track people’s health in the near future? Or be used as a GPS of sorts?

Vote and tell us what you think — you can even submit video comments to We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!


  1. zeeshan anwar


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