The future of wearable could be inked on your skin. Chaotic Moon, a software design and development firm based in Austin, Texas, is developing a high-tech tattoo made of components and conductive paint to create circuitry to basically turn you into a cyborg…er collect health and other bio-metric data from your body.
Chaotic Moon’s tattoo kit is in the nascent prototype stage right now, but it will be able to collect and upload health and informational data, much like Jawbone or the Apple Watch and send it to medical staff – or maybe even the military.
“This is the new wearable,” Lamm told TechCrunch. “The future of wearable is bio-wearables.”
“This is not something that can be easily removed like a Fitbit. It can be underneath a flack jacket, directly on the skin to be collecting this data and being reported back”.
The tattoo is temporary and washes off much like a temporary fashion tattoo. According to Chaotic Moon, the tatt will have the ability to monitor body temperature and detect if someone is stressed based on sweat, heart rate and hydration level information uploaded via Bluetooth or location-based low-frequency mesh networks like those used for apps like Jott or Firechat.
Chaotic Moon is best known for fire-breathing drones and bitcoin earning fitness trackers, but the tattoo project was one of the most exciting ever worked on.
“We get to do a lot of cool stuff at Chaotic Moon but with this we think there’s military applications for it, health applications for it and there are all kinds of opportunities around it.
“It’s an Eco-friendly, non-invasive use of a platform that basically turns you into a human circuit board.”
Bio-metric tattoos are promising, but not original. Cyberpunks, or grinders as they are sometimes called, form a strange and fascinating subculture of folks who like to manipulate their bodies with technological implants.
While much of the grinder culture centers on cutting themselves open and surgically installing magnets, RFID chips, and other components for bio hacking purposes, there’s been some small rumblings on the subject of bio metric tattoos.