DuoSkin: Tattoos that work as on-skin interfaces

MIT have developed DuoSkin, a metallic tattoo that enables you to use your skin as an interface to control devices, receive data and communicate.

DuoSkins are metallic looking temporary tattoos that are not only aesthetically appealing, but also allow the user to augment their own bodies by turning their skin into a digital, tactile interface. 

DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customised functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin. Using gold metal leaf (a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear) DuoSkins can be used to create three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication.

DuoSkin draws from the aesthetics found in metallic jewellery-like temporary tattoos to create on-skin devices which resemble jewellery. DuoSkin devices enable users to control their mobile devices, display information, and store information on their skin while serving as a statement of personal style. The designers behind the tattoos believe that in the future, on-skin electronics will no longer be black-boxed and mystified; instead, they will converge towards the user friendliness, extensibility, and aesthetics of body decorations, forming a DuoSkin integrated to the extent that it has seemingly disappeared.

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