Tattoos of Future Inked with Electronics

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Tattoo art has never failed to capture the human imagination since time immemorial. An ultimate display of the ownership over one’s own body, religious faith, myth, or making your body your canvas, the reasons differ with every tattoo.

As world getting tech-smarter and human imaginations are in an attempt to jump off the edge, here we arrive at the threshold of the next-gen tattoos whose ink is mixed with technology.

Below are the fascinating tattoos you might consider getting etched next:

DuoSkin : Electronics have touched every sphere of the human aspect. Right from beauty enhancers to basic commodities we are in a blanket of electronics technological advents. You might have heard of wearable devices, and system on chips now Microsoft Research and MIT presents DuoSkin which is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be directly attached to their skins.

The tattoo is developed to provide user to control smartphones, display information and even store information on their skin. As described the company, “On-skin electronics will no longer be black-boxed or mystified, instead, they will coverage towards the user friendliness, extensibility, and aesthetics of body decorations.”

cool-tattooSoundwave Tattoos: Want your tattoo to speak? Here is one that literally plays back.

California-based Nate Siggard brought together a team of experts that worked on personalised augmented reality tattoos. Users simply need to record or upload their desired audio clip on the app called Skin Motion and then purchase the Soundwave Tattoo, which will be inked by a Skin Motion certified artis

This platform is scheduled to launch soon this year.  Like any tattoo, there will be normal aging of the Soundwave tattoo over time. The company has implemented a one minute limit to the audio. However, the best Soundwaves are between 5 to 20 seconds of someone talking.

This monitors your glucose levels: Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have tested a temporary tattoo that both, extracts and measures the level of glucose in the fluid in between skin cells. This is the first-ever example of the flexible, easy-to-wear device that promises a step forward in non-invasive glucose testing for patients with diabetes.

According to the students at the university, this “proof-of-concept” tattoo could pave the way for the Centre to explore other uses of the device, such as detecting other important metabolites in the body or delivering medicines through the skin.

Emphemeral tattoos: The biggest psychological challenge someone faces while getting inked is the tattoo’s permanent nature. Until recently, the two options one could opt for if they wanted a tattoo temporarily was either to go ahead with superficial temporary tattoos or end up undergoing painful laser removal.

Emphemeral tattoos, to be launched sometime in 2018 offers individuals with the option of ridding themselves of tattoos when they feel like. The time frame usually lasts anywhere between three to twelve months. In other words, if you are ready to get rid of the tattoo, you simply need to use a special removal solution on the original and you’re done.

3D Printed tattoos: A France-based company, Appropriate Audiences has created a 3D printer that can successfully tattoo a human arm.

This could potentially remove the need to hire expensive tattoo artists. Instead, a robot could simply replicate any design that you can create on any device at the comfort of your home.

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