U. of Texas develops high-tech medical tattoos

Maybe you can't think of anything you want etched on your body forever, but this might change your mind about tattoos--researchers at the University of Texas are designing a bio-integrated electronic tattoo that will measure vital signs and muscle movement, transmit data wirelessly and harvest solar energy.

The untra-thin, stamp-sized tattoo, an intricate arrangement of filamentary micro-metal and silicon wires, clings to the finest wrinkles of human skin without adhesive, which would interrupt electrical connectivity, similar to the way a thin piece of plastic wrap sticks to the surface of the skin by electrostatic force, according to UT.

The tattoo was developed at the $18.5 million NASCENT engineering research center in Austin, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. Announcement


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