A team of software developers at The MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research are working on a line of smart skin tattoos, DuoSkin. Based on the common metallic gold-leaf temporary tattoos sold in craft stores, the DuoSkin includes “electrical components that make the tattoos interactive.” The DuoSkin tattoo is designed to work like a touchpad screen, allowing the user/wearer to control devices like phones remotely.
In the future, the DuoSkin's electrical component that could include small microchips to actually store data which could have the tattoo work like an ID card. DuoSkin will be presented at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers 2016 in Germany in September (Microsoft is a sponsor).
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