Wearable technology in the form of smart tattoos is not a dream of the future; it’s a thing of the now. Microsoft employees and researchers are advancing designs for decorative wearables, which can act as remote controls directly from the skin. Spearheaded by Microsoft research designer Asta Roseway, a recent Hack-a-Tatt workshop during the Microsoft Hackathon invited fellow employees to explore and design new interfaces that enable wearers to play games and music and control devices from their skin or clothing.
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