There is some unique work coming out of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab at University of California, Berkeley, including these Skintillates. The research group states the designs are easy to produce and flex with the skin because they are using silver ink traces on temporary tattoo paper. They have been experimenting with these skin based electronics for user interfaces as well. Check out their cool examples.
I like that the group is looking at the public vs. private display uses for this technology. It’s interesting to consider whether a person wants to share a response with a group of people or just a special person in their life. Most of all, I respect that the group focused on the artistic qualities of these epidermal wearables, making them so appealing. I encourage you to read their white paper which outlines their process and study. It’s interesting to note that the tattoos themselves are quite comfortable, but of course the batteries still remain awkward. The team hopes to tackle that problem in the future to come up with something more flexible. For now this remains a solid project that is going to inspire a lot of people. If you like the idea of LEDs on your skin, you might want to check out our learning guide for Space Face. With a little liquid latex, some Neopixels and a GEMMA microcontroller you can create some unusual effects. Be the cyborg of your dreams.
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