Electronic Tattoos - Dattoos

Dattoos - Electronic Tattoos

Dattoos - DNA Tattoos
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Electronic Tattoos
Electronic Tattoos | Source

Dattoos - DNA Tattoos

An exciting new concept, the Dattoo combines the appearance of standard ink tattoos with the functionality of a high-powered computer. Though Dattoos are not yet available on the market, the idea is already turning heads, and could usher in a whole new era of human-computer interfacing.


Dattoos, or DNA tattoos, would essentially be computers that would be printed on a person's skin or clothing. They would allow the wearer to access all the components of a standard computer - including microphones, cameras, and input/output devices - without the hassle of keeping up with a laptop or smartphone. The dattoo would solve other common problems too. Instead of carrying a charger, the DNA tattoo would draw it's energy from the wearer, and security issues would be a thing of the past since the Dattoo would recognize it's wearer's DNA.

Medical Tattoos

For people not interested in a permanent personal computer, Dattoos would likely come in a temporary version as well as a number of different designs. In theory, users could opt to use special software to print their own customized Dattoos to wear on their skin or clothes. The Dattoo could then be removed and changed daily without a permanent commitment.

Although the technology is not quite available to make DNA tattoos a reality, a great deal of progress has been made towards their realization since the concept debuted in 2005. With enough funding and public interest, it's only a matter of time before we can all trade in our phones and laptops for this exciting new technology.

Future electronic tattoos could make electronic telepathy possible, and help people fly drones with purely by using thought alone.

Dattoos are also known as smart tattoos, DNA tattoos, or data tattoos.

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Medical Tattoos - Smart Tattoos

Electronic Medical Tattoos Are Changing Patient Monitoring

Technology and advances eventually touch every industry and sometimes in completely unexpected ways. A new temporary stick-on tattoo has been developed that contains a medical sensor and is capable of monitoring a range of underlying metabolic changes and diseases.

Known as dattoos, short for data tattoos, these simple transfers can also detect when athletes become dehydrated or fatigued during training. Existing monitoring devices are often bulky and hard to keep attached. A small tattoo-based sensor is easy to apply and remains on the skin even when perspiring during exercise.

Medical sensor tattoos come in a variety of designs and styles in order to appeal to younger users. Wearing a cartoon character somehow seems less threatening. For the older patient the standard smiley face is the most common offering. Basically, these temporary medical tattoos are applied in much the same way as a regular transfer tattoo and are manufactured using a screen printer.

Through the use of various sensing materials, these tattoos can be modified to detect other substances that may be of interest to professional researchers of cosmetology and medicine. The whole concept of dattoos was to create something that could easily conceal electrodes in an effective and nonthreatening manner.

Researchers believe this new technology can ultimately be used to replace conventional cables and wires. A smaller and less invasive sensor on the skin can be useful for studying patients that have sleep disorders or to monitor premature babies. It is proving to be a low-cost and viable way to monitor patients reliably in a natural setting. The hope is that the technology helps to overcome issues often associated with traditional sensing devices.

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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

Very interesting. but kind of creepy.

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pinkdaisy 3 years ago from Canada Author

Yes, some of this future technology is amazing and intimidating at the same time.

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