MIT develops inexpensive manufacturing process for the input device on the skin

Aug

13

2016

MIT has partnered with Microsoft research department developed a manufacturing process called “DuoSkin. This makes it possible to apply to input devices on the skin which are very similar to temporary tattoos.

The researchers write that they were looking for a way to use the skin as a ‘controller’. In addition, thWith the DuoSkin-procedure a variety of purposes could be achieved. Thus, it is possible to make a trackpad to control any device, for example a computer or a smartphone. In addition, it is possible to change such a “tattoo” of color by using the heat-sensitive pigment. Finally, a device on the basis of the procedure can also be used for communication, by, for example, to include an NFC chip in the circuit.

In their paper , the scientists examined the usability of the procedure. It was found that five participants were able to create a personalized music controller and make for an amount of twenty dollars.e material used was cheap, a skin-friendly are robust. The choice finally fell on gold, because it would meet all these requirements. The manufacturing process is quite simple, say the scientists. First, it is necessary to design a circuit. This can be in any design program, even Paint would be suitable.

Thereafter, a stencil of the designed circuit is made based on vinyl, in which the gold leaf is applied as a conductive layer. The application of different types of electronics is then also possible, but optional. Finally, the creation can be applied to the skin with the aid of special paper, just like a temporary tattoo.

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