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. Laura

    I think…. I’m kind of split. I mean, they’re cool and all, but how many people have asked, “Could people break into your stuff just by hugging you?” Or, “Are they expensive?” Or, “Could you get electrocuted when swimming or showering?” My thing is some people’s families forbid their children from getting tattoos. That wouldn’t be much fun if you couldn’t get any. Also, what if you don’t have room? My mom has so many tattoos already, and so many planned out, she literally has no room. But I do like the idea of being able to use your arm or whatever for daily thiings. Thank you for asking, I’m going to do some more thinking.

  2. Gage

    No, because think about it we use so much tech today why not get a ear piercing or a normal tattoo.In my opinion you are fine just the way you are.

  3. blessing thompson

    I think that electric tattoos are the next big thing and that it would be very useful to most of us and very fun to use.

  4. Mary Young

    No. I don’t think Smart Electronic Tattoos are the next big thing because when you take a shower or wash dishes and the permanent ink comes off; you would feel it’s just a waste of time. I would think it’s a waste of time, too because it would make me frustrated. I can go to the Tattoo Designer near by and get a tattoo for less than that expensive tattoo making machine.

  5. Rex

    What happens when you save data on your tattoos and it comes off

  6. Emily

    Yes!!! i want a Tatoo like that!!

  7. Reese Williams

    YES! YES! YES! Controlling your tech with your body! I’m all for it!

  8. Abby

    I do not think that smart tattoos are the next big thing because it is only temporary and it could be a big waste of money. Also you would want something that could mess up in an instant. For example what if you were laying down and you wanted to watch videos on your phone and you were laying on you arm or wherever the tattoo was and it messed up you’r phone by rubbing up against your body part.

  9. Katie

    I don’t think that Smart Tattoos are the next big thing, because it is basically a phone or other electronic’s keyboard, but you can’t exactly see what your typing. No one should have to press Backspace that many times.

    • Fruit Cove Middle School

      there pretty lit and baller

      • Christian

        Yeah there lit.

  10. kellen collins

    yes they are the next big thing!
    but i hope not alot of money

  11. kellen collins

    yes time to become iron man!

  12. Jaxon

    I think they are not the NBT because it’s just too far too crazy and too weird.

    • Salem Walker

      I think that they are not too because who’s to say that they aren’t spying on you and what your doing on your phone?

    • Salem Walker

      I agree. Who’s to say the people who made it aren’t spying on you and your phone?

  13. Giselle

    I am in between because in the summer people like to go swimming they might get electrocuted and these are high-tech which can improve technology and make life easier.

    • Christian

      they are tattoos. not actual devices get your facts straight

  14. Sheamus Mettler

    I said no because those tatto’s probably cost a lot of money which a lot of people don’t have and what happens if you want to go swimming? Wouldn’t you get electricuded!

  15. Emiliano

    i say yes because they express your intentions and nothing can do thath

  16. Evalyn

    I said YES, because these are safe for kids, and they’re easier for technology. BUT I would also like to say no at the same time because if someone touched your tattoo, they could hack into your account if they hugged you, all of that in a matter of time. And it would be pretty expensive. But I believe smart tattoos are the next big thing!

  17. Kailyn Teters

    I say no because they are temporary and they will be expensive.

  18. James

    I agree.

  19. Rayshawn

    I think smart tattoos should be the next big thing because it will expand our comprehension of technology expeditiously.

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