Could A Digital Tattoo Become Reality?

GOOGLE Glass and smartwatches seem positively tame by contrast with the latest wearable technology prototype – an interactive tattoo, implanted under the skin. Asked to speculate on the future of wearable tech, a US design company drafted ‘Project Underskin’ – a digital tattoo that would be implanted in your hand and allow you to trade data with a handshake, monitor your vital signs or even unlock a door, according to Fast Company. NewDealDesign , who drafted the concept, are known for their work on the popular Fitbit activity trackers. “When we started working on it, everyone was a little squeamish about implanting something. But there’s a lot of cultural precinct,” says Jaeha Yoo, Director of Experience Design. “Obviously tattoos, piercings – people are implanting birth control. This stuff is going on now. It’s not a huge step forward to implant something like Underskin.” The team envisage the device running off the body’s own electro-chemical energy, staying on permanently and allowing the wearer to unlock their door by touching the handle, or activating a credit card by holding it.

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