MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research Develop DuoSkin, A Connected Interface Metallic Tattoo

by Ryan Harbison | 3Q 2016 | IN-4226

In August 2016, MIT’s Media Lab and Microsoft Research announced DuoSkin, a metallic temporary tattoo that acts as a connected interface for smartphones, computers, and other devices through NFC wireless communication. The product was inspired by the recent fashion trend of metallic, jewelry-like temporary tattoos that is becoming popular at music festivals. DuoSkin combines the functional capabilities of an interface with fashion aesthetics. The product uses imitation gold leaf to achieve conductivity and is combined with temporary tattoo printing paper that insulates the electrode from the skin. The NFC unit, a small electronic component, is then added to enable wireless connectivity. The product is not available for sale yet, but it will be presented at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers in September. The makers of DuoSkin believe that it can help drive not only the consumer market for smart clothing wearable devices, but also the enterprise market.

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