MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research have collaborated to create on-skin electronics that transform your body into an interface

Again, the MIT Media Lab has come up with a wonderful invention: temporary tattoos that can control your computer. A project headed by Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao in collaboration with Microsoft Research, the resulting tattoos sense touch input, display output and communication.

Citing the comeback of the skin-as-canvas for style, Cindy built circuit boards with beautiful patterns using gold leaf: a cheap, safe, conductive material. The results are beautiful on-skin interfaces that can be used to control devices. By using a digital cutter, the circuitry was built and can be applied just like a temporary tattoo with a bit of pressure and dabs of water.

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