With DuoSkin users control devices using temporary gold leaf tattoos

Designers and engineers from MIT and Microsoft Research, have come up with a new technology, DuoSkin, the research makes use of gold metal leaf allowing wearers to control and communicate with devices.

DuoSkin uses gold metal leaf as its base material, according to researchers, the material is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear. Using this material researchers have been able to demonstrate three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication.

With this users are able to control their mobile devices, display information, and store information on their skin.

We believe that in the future, on-skin electronics will no longer be black-boxed and mystified; instead, they will converge towards the user friendliness, extensibility, and aesthetics of body decorations, forming a DuoSkin integrated to the extent that it has seemingly disappeared.

The material used in creating this allows everyone, especially designers and tattoo artists, to create any pattern or image, which is then printed out as a conventional temporary tattoo material and placed on the skin, resembling jewelry.

This isn’t the first time temporary tattoos are used inline with technology. Two years ago Motorola and VivaLnk had a similar idea which was particularly limited to NFC-like communication. DuoSkin has far more possible uses, it can become a touchpad to control smartphones or computers and can even be used as a light display to convey certain information such as body temperature or mood. Although not everyone appreciates body markings even if they are temporal, for those who do this is good news. I guess they’ll call it an electronic tattoo.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university modeland stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering.

MIT, with five schools and one college which contain a total of 34 departments, is often cited as among the world’s top universities. The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management as well. The “Engineers” sponsor 31 sports, most teams of which compete in the NCAA Division III’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference; the Division I rowing programs compete as part of the EARC and EAWRC.



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