Microsoft Introduces Smart Tattoos With Tattio

According to the reports from Winbuzzer, Microsoft has made available a paper which explores one of the research products of the company. It explores the field of wearable tech and has now taken it to a completely new level by connecting body technology.
 
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Tattio is a concept inspired for tattoo temporary, connected skin device which would complete the company’s efforts in quantified self and wearable technology. As per the research papers “the largest organ on the body, has been recognized as a promising surface for human-computer interactions.” Moreover, as miniaturization of electronics enables technology to be actually wearable, and Microsoft have gone on to design Tattio as a small skin tattoo which wold store the NFC tags and also circuitry while being safe on skin and also customizable.
 
Microsoft states,
 
“We present Tattio, a fabrication process that draws from current body decoration processes (i.e., jewelry like metallic temporary tattoos) for the creation of on skin technology. The fabrication process generates functional components such as NFC tags, circuitry, to Thermochromic tattoos, while maintaining the aesthetics and user experience of existing metallic temporary tattoos. The fabrication process is low cost, accessible and customizable; we seek to enable individuals to design, make, and wear their own skin technology creations. We present the fabrication flow, fabricated components, and also an initial user study probing perceptions towards wearing Tattio circuitry.”
 
Design Consideration made by the company as per the official research paper are as stated below:
  • Accessible: The materials for Tattio are accessible and affordable;the cost of making a Tattio NFC tag is $1.5 USD.The process is also extendable; individuals can easily customize their circuitry designs.

  • Skin Safe: For technology close to the human body, we leverage fabrication materials that are commercially used and know to be safe for the human skin.

  • Removable: Tattio is a temporary tattoo and can be easily applied and removed by the wearer, giving individuals control over the level of intimacy of technology to their bodies.

  • Aesthetic: Inspired by body decoration, we select material (i.e., gold metal leaf) that emulates the aesthetics of metallic temporary tattoos while being conductive. 
The company states,
 
“The fabrication process that draws from current body decoration processes (i.e., jewelry like metallic temporary tattoos) for the creation of on skin technology. The fabrication process generates functional components such as NFC tags, circuitry, to thermochromic tattoos, while maintaining the aesthetics and user experience of existing metallic temporary tattoos. The fabrication process is low cost, accessible and customizable; we seek to enable individuals to design, make, and wear their own skin technology creations.”
 
In order to create these smart metallic tattoos, the Microsoft engineer have gone on to create a straightforward process where they will be able to gild the metal circuitry in gold, creating a stencil design with the Silhouette Cameo software before applying gold imitation leaf onto the tattoo paper with the help of the stencil traces. The NFC tags would be embedded in the circuitry are robust enough to last a whole day. The engineers have also designed a phone app which would allow participants to interact with one another through their tattoos which would be associated with the image and text to create a “digital identity.”
 
Microsoft states,
 
“We hope our work inspires in bridging the emerging field of on-skin electronics to the everyday maker, while rethinking cultural and aesthetic perspectives for the design of on- skin technology.”