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The title character of Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man is covered with moving, shifting tattoos. If you look at them, they will tell you a story.

New LED tattoos from the University of Pennsylvania could make the Illustrated Man real (minus the creepy stories, of course). Researchers there are developing silicon-and-silk implantable devices which sit under the skin like a tattoo. Already implanted into mice, these tattoos could carry LEDs, turning your skin into a screen.

The silk substrate onto which the chips are mounted eventually dissolves away inside the body, leaving just the electronics behind. The silicon chips are around the length of a small grain of rice — about 1 millimeter, and just 250 nanometers thick. The sheet of silk will keep them in place, molding to the shape of the skin when saline solution is added.

These displays could be hooked up to any kind of electronic device, also inside the body. Medical uses are being explored, from blood-sugar sensors that show their readouts on the skin itself to neurodevices that tie into the body’s nervous system — hooking chips to particular nerves to control a prosthetic hand, for example.

Chips are already used inside bodies, most notably the tiny RFID tags injected into pets. But the flexible nature of these “tattooed” circuits means they can move elastically with the body, sitting in places that a rigid circuit board couldn’t.

The first displays are sure to be primitive, but likely very useful for the patients that receive them. You won’t be getting the full-color, hi-res images that come with ink, but functional displays. This doesn’t mean that the commercial and artistic possibilities are being ignored. Philips, the electronics giant, is exploring some rather sexual uses.


Gadget Lab Hardware News and Reviews
The Illustrated Man: How LED Tattoos Could Make Your Skin a Screen

* By Charlie Sorrel Email Author
* November 20, 2009 |
* 9:39 am |
* Categories: R&D and Inventions
*

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The title character of Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man is covered with moving, shifting tattoos. If you look at them, they will tell you a story.

New LED tattoos from the University of Pennsylvania could make the Illustrated Man real (minus the creepy stories, of course). Researchers there are developing silicon-and-silk implantable devices which sit under the skin like a tattoo. Already implanted into mice, these tattoos could carry LEDs, turning your skin into a screen.

The silk substrate onto which the chips are mounted eventually dissolves away inside the body, leaving just the electronics behind. The silicon chips are around the length of a small grain of rice — about 1 millimeter, and just 250 nanometers thick. The sheet of silk will keep them in place, molding to the shape of the skin when saline solution is added.

These displays could be hooked up to any kind of electronic device, also inside the body. Medical uses are being explored, from blood-sugar sensors that show their readouts on the skin itself to neurodevices that tie into the body’s nervous system — hooking chips to particular nerves to control a prosthetic hand, for example.

Chips are already used inside bodies, most notably the tiny RFID tags injected into pets. But the flexible nature of these “tattooed” circuits means they can move elastically with the body, sitting in places that a rigid circuit board couldn’t.

The first displays are sure to be primitive, but likely very useful for the patients that receive them. You won’t be getting the full-color, hi-res images that come with ink, but functional displays. This doesn’t mean that the commercial and artistic possibilities are being ignored. Philips, the electronics giant, is exploring some rather sexual uses:

It’s certainly rather creepy, but we’re sure that the inevitable next stage of playing adult movie clips on your partner’s back will be appealing to some. We, of course, are considering the geekier side of this tech. GPS, with a map readout on the back of the wrist would certainly be useful, as would chips that cover your eyeballs and can darken down when the sun is shining too bright.

And a full-body display will eventually be used for advertising. Combine this with bioluminescent ink, for example, and you could turn yourself into a small, walking version of Times Square. At least, unlike a real tattoo, you can switch this one off.

In fact, if you start to imagine the possible uses, they seems almost endless. Just like the stories that play across the body of the Illustrated Man.


http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/11/the-illustrated-man-how-led-tattoos-could-change-the-face-of-humanity/


Seems pretty cool, getting a clock on your wrist or whatever.
Although what happens when you need an MRI scan...?
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#2
**** that, I ddont want anything electronic put in me
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#3
Wowww. You could change your tattoos whenever you like. Or, watch The Simpsons on your ass.
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Maybe the price tag is clouding your judgment ?
yeah probably. Or the circuits.
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**** that, I ddont want anything electronic put in me

Pacemaker?
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Although what happens when you need an MRI scan...?

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Pacemaker?

I dont really feel like repeating it
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The Black Crowes
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StoneRider
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Theres more. But those are the main ones
#10
That's awesome. Get a huge .gif tattooed on your back.

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Oh my this is awesome.
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I want to tattoo asianface on my real face, so whenever I want, I can switch to asianface mode.

Also possible are the FUUU- face, trollface...a face for every emotion!
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Kinda weird...

Is it permanent? I'm too lazy to read the whole thing.
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So the Teletubbies were actually a prediction?


Wonder if that's where they got the idea...

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**** that, I ddont want anything electronic put in me


how shocking

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#22
This is amazing. I'm getting one of these as soon as they commercialise it.
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#25
Why stop at LEDs. Throw in a disc drive so I can play Football Manager on my thighs.
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Why stop at LEDs. Throw in a disc drive so I can play Football Manager on my thighs.

Thank you, I am now picturing a particularly unsavoury, human-body version of the Wii.
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awesome as that sounds id never have it done

im in and out of hospitals having mri scans, cat scans, younameit scans all the time

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Thank you, I am now picturing a particularly unsavoury, human-body version of the Wii.


In all fairness there's nowhere you can play Football Manager on your body. Except your stomach, but that would be unrealistic.
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how shocking

care to explain?
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The Black Crowes
Jackyl
Black Stone Cherry
AC/DC
StoneRider
Freedomhawk
The Darkness and/or the sideprojects of the band members
Buckcherry
The Answer

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Why stop at LEDs. Throw in a disc drive so I can play Football Manager on my thighs.
That was hilarious.
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Porn on your penis?

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#32
It would be awesome to get those wave-like tribal bands on your forearms, but actually have it so the waves move...

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#33
So I'm not quite sure I understand... they said something about a silk screen. Would that be the area on your skin that would "play" whatever you wanted it to? This whole thing seems kinda vague to me.

Or maybe I'm just having a brain fart day.
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awesome as that sounds id never have it done

im in and out of hospitals having mri scans, cat scans, younameit scans all the time

You bastard. I spent 5 minutes trying to figure out what that was an acronym for
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-George Washington
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care to explain?

Because you loudly proclaim you're a hippie in your sig. Hippies have a tendency to be neo-Luddites. Just sayin'.
#36
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Kinda weird...

Is it permanent? I'm too lazy to read the whole thing.


They're just rub on LED tattoos.

EDIT: Saying that I suppose these things do give new meaning to "rub on tattoo".
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Because you loudly proclaim you're a hippie in your sig. Hippies have a tendency to be neo-Luddites. Just sayin'.

ohhh, then yes.

also, thank you for giving me another word to define myself as
Bands I must see in concert
Silvertide
The Black Crowes
Jackyl
Black Stone Cherry
AC/DC
StoneRider
Freedomhawk
The Darkness and/or the sideprojects of the band members
Buckcherry
The Answer

Theres more. But those are the main ones
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Wowww. You could change your tattoos whenever you like. Or, watch The Simpsons on your ass.

this is exactly what will happen with this advanced peice of technology, same thing happened to the internet...

i personally don't like this plan
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#40
damn straight it is, or atleast it will be over time
Bands I must see in concert
Silvertide
The Black Crowes
Jackyl
Black Stone Cherry
AC/DC
StoneRider
Freedomhawk
The Darkness and/or the sideprojects of the band members
Buckcherry
The Answer

Theres more. But those are the main ones
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