It was only a matter of time before technology advanced to wearable products, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that new biotech tattoos combine technology with your skin. Meant to serve a number of different functions, these new inventions look futuristic and are definitely unique ways to reflect today’s wired culture.
These are ten things to know about biotech tattoos, the future of wearable tech. Since they’re not available yet, and if using technology for your tattoo is a bit much for you to take, custom temporary tattoos can be designed to fit the style you are looking for, without the cost (or wait).
- They’re A Life Tracker
Today it seems like almost everyone is wearing something on their body that tracks their heart rate, steps, or any other vital statistics. Biotech tattoos take this a step further by allowing people to wear these trackers directly on their skin.
- They’re Concealable
One of the problems with modern vital trackers is that users typically have to wear them as a bracelet or watch. While in some situations this may not be a problem, in others it may be impossible to hide, so the biotech tattoos solve this problem since they can be placed anywhere.
- They’re Easy to Take On and Off
Biotech tattoos have been designed based on the temporary tattoo model, in that they can be applied anywhere on the skin and easily removed.
- They Look Cool
The design of the tattoos is currently meant to be both concealable and streamlined while reflecting the futuristic technology it uses. The combine LEDs with simple black “tech-looking” lines.
- They Use Magic Paint
Okay, not really. But the biotech tattoos are designed to track your vitals using electro conductive paint. Like a temporary tattoo, but with more science.
- They’re Not in Your Skin
Right now there isn’t a technology available that can conduct the circuit through the skin, so it doesn’t look like there will be permanent biotech tattoos available anytime soon.
- They Can Monitor Groups of People
The creators of these tattoos are currently looking to ways to apply the technology to a myriad of different situations. Right now, they are considering ways to use them to track active soldiers, and even as ways to keep track of children in crowds.
- They’ll Replace Your Wallet
In addition to its vital sign tracking, the creators are hoping that these new tattoos will eventually have features similar to those that Apple has used in the iPhone that will allow users to store their payment information and use it anytime they need to make a purchase. Right now they are working on a device that can be secured on the skin in the tattoo format that will hold this data and allow it to be accessed.
- You’ll Have to Wait
While the idea is out there, these products haven’t quite made it to market. However, with everyone looking to streamline their lives in simpler and simpler ways, it goes without saying that this technology will probably be seen on the streets soon.
- They’ll Be Expensive
Due to the extensive technology required, these biotech tattoos will undoubtedly only be available to the select few that can afford them.