3 Current Use Cases of Temporary Tech Tattoos

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Temporary tech tattoos are going to change the way we use technology in our daily life. There are many different fields in which they promise huge developments for our convenience regarding communication technology or our health.  Here are three of them that perfectly demonstrate the potential of non-permanent tech tattoos.

Easy Access – Temporary Tech Tattoos for Devices

To protect personal data with a password or pin was state of the art back in 2004. Step by step fingerprint sensors were rolled out to confirm one’s identity. In 2014, we entered a new level: VivaInk, a company located in Silicon Valley announced eSkin, the very first commercial electronic product that goes directly onto human skin. In 2016, their vision made a lot of progress but not without a little help from a well known global player. In cooperation with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) VivaInk created the first commercialized product of its kind at that time. The result? A paper-thin adhesive digital tattoo on the wrist which lasts five days and only works with Motorola’s Moto X Smartphone. You may forget your password – but you won’t forget your arm.

Non-Permanent Tattoos as a Real-Time Health Tracker

Especially in healthcare non-permanent tech tattoos are considered as real game changers. Diabetes is a disease which requires patients to have a very close look at their own health results by testing their own blood’s glucose level.  Nemaura is going to ease this procedure. sugarBEAT® is a 1 mm thick patch which measures body’s glucose levels completely needle-free every five minutes via the skin. The results can be sent to a mobile device where they easily can be shared with a doctor.

Another way how diabetes research benefits from progress in the printing sector are these very permanent tattoos that change their colour depending on the glucose level.


Image: Nemauramedical

Better Results for Neurological Patients

Neurological patients can benefit from temporary tech tattoos as well. Prof. Yael Hanein, head of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Tel Aviv’s University is one of the pioneers in this field. True to the motto “stick it on and forget about it” he invented a tattoo which increases the therapeutic restoration of damaged nerves and tissue by sending out a strong, steady signal. The tattoo is made of carbon electrode with an adhesive surface. Originally, it was designed as an alternative for electromyography, an electrodiagnostic medicine technique for the tracking of muscle activity, where patients have to lie with a needle into their muscle tissue to record its electrical activity. The tattoo is a comfortable alternative which allows the patient a lot more flexibility and life quality.

Three amazing use cases of temporary tech tattoos! Have you made any experience yourself, yet? We are looking forward to your review in the comments!

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