The Many Possibilities Of Electronic Tattoos
Electronic tattoos have a somewhat misleading name, and are in fact not tattoos at all. What they really are, are wireless electronic devices which are placed on the skin in a similar way to that of a temporary tattoo.
The purpose of the electronic tattoo is to receive data from the electrical signals sent from the brain, with solar cells to provide power, and antennas for the means of wireless communication and receiving energy. They are flexible, allowing wearers to move and bend their limbs as usual without the devices falling off. These electronic tattoos are surprisingly small and and inconspicuous when you consider their potential abilities. They lay near enough flat on the skin, and are only around an inch and a half in width.
Todd Coleman, an electrical engineer at the University of California, is responsible for a lot of the research and development going into electronic tattoos. Coleman and his team are currently working on a variation of the device that can be used on premature babies to detect oncoming seizures which could cause epilepsy or problems with brain development.
Add-ons to the electronic tattoos can also be used to measure the wearer’s temperature, how much oxygen is in their blood, and to monitor their heart rate, hydration level, and breathing rate.
Perfect For Athletes
As well as being able to measure hydration levels, Electrozyme produces electronic tattoos which analyse the levels of lactate in the body, indicating the amount of muscle fatigue at present. This means that athletes wearing the device can train while ensuring that won’t over-strain themselves, preventing injury and exhaustion.
A Rival For Jeremy Kyle?
Google has diversified the possibilities of the electronic tattoo and patented a version which does the work of a lie detector. It could one day be used on cheating partners and crime suspects alike!
Man-Made Telepathy and Telekinesis
In my opinion, this is the most exciting development of the electronic tattoo. When we think about what we want to say, our throat muscles move as though we are speaking the words that we are thinking – this is known as subvocalisation. By placing an electronic tattoo on a person’s throat, it is possible for them to communicate silently. Amazingly, mind-reading could become something that anyone can experience with the help of this technology. Coleman makes a point of saying that he would like electronic tattoos to be widely available, to be used for entertainment purposes as well as for important tasks.
Furthermore. Coleman and team are focusing on the development of an electronic tattoo which enable people to move objects using just their mind. Whilst such a tattoo has not yet been achieved, it is very possible. The team found that volunteers could fly aeroplanes via the power of thought when wearing caps covered in electrodes. So, in years to come, you may find yourself being able to command the television remote to come to you during an intense binge-watching session. Just don’t do a ‘Carrie‘.
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