MIT shows off tattoo ink that monitors your health

Jun 05, 2017, 7:50 AM EDT
(Source: Paula R. Lively/flickr)
(Source: Paula R. Lively/flickr)

Researchers at MIT Media Lab and Harvard Medical School have created a color-changing tattoo ink that responds to the user’s body chemistry and conveys real-time data for health monitoring.

MIT Media Lab researcher Katia Vega, who has spent seven years working on what she calls “beauty technology,” says that skin can be a new kind of interface to connect internal biological processes with the external world, writes Co. Design.

Such biosensor tattoos, which change color when parameters like pH concentration or glucose levels shift, can be extremely useful in the area of healthcare, for example, a diabetic can track his sugar levels without daily pin prick tests, notes Dezeen.