In the future, your tattoos could be as anatomic as they are expressive.

MIT, in affiliation with Microsoft, created a new touch interface, DuoSkin, that allows acting tattoos to collaborate with smartphones or computers, affectation output based on body temperature changes and even address data using NFC.

Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, PhD apprentice at MIT, says the tattoos are not only trendy, but cheap enough “change and edit your actualization whenever you want.” In Taiwan, Kao notes, there’s a “huge culture” of intermingled cosmetics and street fashion. The DuoSkin team wanted to accomplish the same thing by befitting the technology affordable, adorable and on trend.

Aesthetics aside, the tattoos are highly functional. Each DuoSkin tattoo is accessible in one of three abstracted classes:

  1. An input class that turns your skin into a trackpad.
  2. An output class that can change color based on skin temperature.
  3. A advice device that lets you pull data from the tattoo.


Each class uses a gold leaf to create a abiding and aesthetically adorable acting tattoo. From there, advisers create a ambit using cartoon software before acid out and agreement the design like a normal acting tattoo. Each tattoo can also accommodate an NFC chip, thermochromic layer, or even LED lights.

Kao suggests tech like this would be a absolute fit for tattoo parlors. With amaranthine customization options, DuoSkin provides a great interfacing alternative for those adverse to other, more bulky pieces of technology — like a smartwatch.