Tech Tats: The Future of Wearables?
What if in the future, instead of going to the doctor when you felt ill, you could apply a Tech Tattoo to your skin and then read your vital statistics using an app on your smartphone? According to the R&D Magazine website, that's exactly the technology that a US mobile software design studio is currently developing.
Based in Austin, Texas, a team at Chaotic Moon is working on a project called Tech Tats, which has the potential to transform the healthcare industry, among others.
As the company's creative technologist Eric Schneider explains, rather than having an annual physical check-up at the doctor, the Tech Tattoo "can be something that you just put on your body [...] and it monitors everything [...] sends that to your doctor, and if there's an issue, they could call you."
The technology, he continues, is able to look at "early signs of fever, your vital signs, heart rate, everything that it needs to look at to notify you that you're getting sick, or your child is getting sick."
Vice's Motherboard website provides further details on how Tech Tats would work. The device uses electro-conductive paint to transfer data from the in-built temperature sensors to an ATiny85 microcontroller.
As well as the medical and healthcare industries, Schneider notes that this could also be leveraged in the banking and financial world too. So, rather than carrying around out cards and wallets, the proof of identity needed to make a purchase can be found right within the user's skin.
Tech Tats represent the latest move in the field of wearable technology, and although the company has yet to name a price for the product, it is likely to accessible for many - perhaps even with the option to buy them in bulk.