Researchers are taking the concept of wearable technology to a new level

Most teams working on wearable devices have similar goals: make the gadgets convenient and easy to use while designing them in a way that makes them feel just like any other accessory. No longer objects of the future, wearables have a close relationship to the body: They often sit on the skin and can measure elements like a user’s heartbeat.

One team wants to take the relationship between technology and the human one step further by integrating it right onto the skin of the wearer. Researchers from the University of Tokyo, published a paper detailing the process behind their “ultraflexible organic photonic skin.”

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