January 16, 2021

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Google Is Working on Tattoos That Turn Your Body into a Touchpad

A temporary tattoo, when applied to your skin, transforms your body into a living touchpad. A virtual reality controller lets you pick up objects in digital worlds and feel their weight as you swing them around. Not only this, Google has started to develop new products all related to virtual reality. It has also been working on a simple pair of sunglasses that will project holographic icons and a smartwatch that has a digital screen but with analog hands. Isn’t it interesting, everybody is excited to use such products?

The tattoos project is funded by Google Faculty Research Awards, which supports all the academic works related to computer science and engineering. 

The project is named as rub-on tattoos that will transform your skin into a touchpad. Let’s take a look at the steps how the tattoos will work. First of all, the loaded sensor tattoos will be applied to a part of your body – it may be on the side of a finger or ridge of a person’s knuckles. You can trigger the touchpads by simply touching it or by swipe gestures, just the way you swipe your fingers on your mobile phones. 

But there are some more gestures that will work more specifically on the skin’s surface. To activate the sensors, you could squeeze the area around the tattoo or simply bend your limbs or fingers. 

Just imagine if you use your own skin and limbs while interacting so that there’s no need of looking into them also. Being able to squeeze and bend is instinctive and moreover the movements make it more natural to engage with the technology very easily. 

The benefit of using your own skin as interface is the best as you would be tapping into the fine motor skills that you naturally have. This project is the most unusual as it is a high-tech temporary tattoo that will basically turn your flesh into a giant touchpad. 

Saarland University researchers said – “Through a vastly reduced tattoo thickness and increased stretch ability, a SkinMark is sufficiently thin and flexible to conform to irregular geometry, like flexure lines and protruding bones.” They were funded by Google to develop the technology wrote in a white paper about the whole project.