Is this the crazy cool wearable of the future?
Today in your cyborg future: The Austin software design firm Chaotic Moon has just introduced a prototype of its Tech Tats product, a new kind of wearable technology that could track your fitness, monitor your health, and even sub as your wallet.
These specialized tattoos are made of tiny microcontrollers and electroconductive paint. The company says that once they’re attached anywhere on the skin, Tech Tats monitor health markers like body temperature and heart rate. Instead of going to the doctor for an annual physical, the patient of the future could instead paste on the high-tech tattoo, which would send vital health data to a physician.
Chaotic Moon says the microcontrollers inside their tattoos can also be used to securely store important financial data, removing the need for a credit card or even a wallet.
“[Y]ou’re eliminating clunky, expensive devices with a low-interference, low-cost, and low-hassle alternative, and using the user’s skin as the interface,” the company writes on its website. “It’s technology that is, in a sense, part of the user.”
A little freaky? Maybe. But Chaotic Moon points out that the tattoos have the added benefit of looking pretty cool.
“It not only serves a really awesome purpose, but it can also be really aesthetically fun,” company creative technologist Eric Schneider explains in a promotional video.
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