Thanks to myriad technological advancements over the past few years, wearable tattoos have burst onto the scene as everything from sweat-powered phone chargers to surfaces for touchpads and graphical readouts. But turning real, permanent ink tattoos into more than just body art has remained a relatively dormant field. That looks like it’s set to change now, however, with the help of smart ink that can alter its color based on changes in a person’s physiology. Which, yes, makes it kind of like a mood ring for your health.It may not be anything as impressive as Amy’s talking tattoo in
Aside from the project’s sad-high-school-memory inducing name, this biotech seems to execute its function perfectly. According to the
Although the tattoos have only been demonstrated on pig skin so far, the ink seems promising as a way to monitor long-lasting chronic conditions without the need for a worn monitor, which can be uncomfortable or inconvenient. Nan Jiang, one of the lead researchers of the project, told the
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