Skintillates: The Future Of Temporary Tattoos
Temporary tattoos are more fashionable and popular than they have ever been before, but where does the future of temporary ink lay?
Well Skintillates may just have the answer!! Skintillates are an interactive electronic temporary tattoo created by the graduate students of Eric Paulos, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California and co-director of the CITRIS Invention Lab.
With Skintillates people can customize and create temporary tattoos which contain wearable electronics and sensors. The electronics and senors are applied to regular temporary tattoo paper and then onto the skin, like a normal temporary tattoo. Skintillates can use a number of small electronics such as LED displays and buttons that link with mobile applications!! Bringing artistic values and wearable technology together Skintillates won the Maker of Merit honor in the National Maker Faire.
"Unlike many of the more complex 3-D printing and design projects we hear about, Skintillates can be produced in much the same way kids create arts-and-crafts projects and cost less than a few dollars to make," Joanne Lo (one of Skintillates Designers)
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The 2015 National Makers Faire took place a few months ago and according to the website is "Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors"
Whether Skintillates will become the standard of temporary tattoos will be something we will have to wait to see, but the thought of LED tattoos is pretty cool!!