Wearable technology has been around for a while now, and it is becoming increasingly popular as the technology becomes more advanced. Now there is a new wearable tech being developed that will have you pretending you are a cyborg. Say hello to the “Wearable tattoo”.
Although still in its infancy, the smart tattoo is being touted as the next big breakthrough in wearable tech, thanks to its ease of use and its ability to monitor a person’s health without the need for cumbersome gadgets.
The developers at Penn State University have engineered this wearable tech to be placed directly onto the skin of the user without the need for heat or other intrusive and potentially painful application techniques.
Previous attempts at designing a biosensing tattoo have always relied on heat to attach the tattoo to the skin, and the heat needed (as much as 300c) is way too much for it to be applied to a person without damaging the dermal layer.
Thankfully, this new version will happily attach itself to the skin at room temperature, so around 22c, plus it can be removed and reattached more than once without damaging the skin. This is important for users who might be elderly or for young children who typically have sensitive skin.
Basic smart tattoos have been around for a couple of years, but have been limited to tattoos that change colour when the wearer has been exposed to too much UV and is at risk of sunburn, but this new technology can do a lot more than that.
This new wearable tech is ideal for monitoring a person’s health, such as heart rhythms, blood oxygen levels, temperature and humidity. The developers are also hoping to engineer this technology to be able to detect and notify the user of potential Covid-19 symptoms, giving them a better chance of not passing the infection on to other people.
Wearable tech can be the best line of defence when it comes to avoiding ill health. Alerts regarding heart problems or infections will give people the best possible chance to seek medical treatment before it’s too late, and the potential to save lives is enormous.