Revolutionary Tattoos Designed to Change Color According to Your Health

DermalAbyss - MIT Media Lab - Biosensor Tattoos

What if a tattoo could become an interactive piece of art that helped tell us something about our health? A group of researchers at the MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, are developing tattoo inks infused with biosensors.

Once on the skin, the ink changes color depending on different information—glucose, pH, and sodium. Changes in pH cause the special ink to shift from purple to pink, while glucose levels move between blue and brown. And if you ever wanted to glow in the dark, a sodium and a second pH sensor become increasingly fluorescent under UV light.

The collective group, called DermalAbyss, is looking at more than just a creative way to advance the art of tattoos. Medical diagnostics and health monitoring are real possibilities that would allow us to quickly and effectively act to keep ourselves healthy. For instance, instead of daily finger pricks to check sugar levels, the glucose sensor could aid diabetics in keeping things in balance. Instead, the sodium sensor is a quick way to understand levels of dehydration.

As they continue their tests, one thing is certain—biosensors are moving closer to becoming a real part of our daily lives.

DermalAbyss - MIT Media Lab - Biosensor Tattoos

DermalAbyss - MIT Media Lab - Biosensor Tattoos

PH sensing: low value

DermalAbyss - MIT Media Lab - Biosensor Tattoos

PH sensing: high value

DermalAbyss - MIT Media Lab - Biosensor Tattoos

DermalAbyss - MIT Media Lab - Biosensor Tattoos

This video explains how biosensor tattoos change color and can help monitor your health.

DermalAbyss: Website
h/t: [Co.Design]

All images via DermalAbyss.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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