Vastari’s Tech Rants

The insane recommendations of a maniac.

Under-Skin Electronic Tattoo

Imagine if this went on sale to the public. Especially if they outfitted it with a keyboard and bluetooth internet connection. Jeez, I’d never get any work done. Seems like a neat concept, though I wonder who’d actually go through with getting one.

The whole article can be found here.

The 2×4 inch Digital Tattoo Interface is a Bluetooth device made of thin, flexible silicon and silicone. It’s inserted through a small incision as a tightly tolled tube, and then it unfurls beneath the skin to align between skin and muscle. Two small tubes on the device through the same incision are attached to an artery and a vein to allow the blood to flow to a coin-sized blood fuel cell that converts glucose and oxygen to electricity. After the blood flows in from the artery to the fuel cell, it flows out again through the vein.
On both the top and bottom surfaces of the display is a matching matrix of field-producing pixels. That enables a touch-screen control through the skin. The display uses tiny microscopic spheres, somewhat similar to tattoo ink.

Of it all though, the bit about how it’s powered intrigued me most. Powered the same way as our own cells! Using glucose and oxygen…Is this the beginning of a whole new breed of medicine. I doubt it actually, but it raises interesting possibilities for renewable resources of energy….Mwaa ha ha!

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May 8, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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