I’ve always felt that I’ve been in the minority, not having a tattoo. Almost everyone I know has some kind of ink on their body. I admire good body art, but I guess I’ve never found the right kind for me. Until recently.
A few months ago there was an article going around about circuit board tattoos. The innovation could not only be used for a cool light show on the skin, say, for a cyborg cosplay, but they could be utilized in the medical field to monitor patients regarding their ailments. Gone are the days of wearing bulky machines to make sure you’re doing well. We now have the tattoo to check your vitals and administer medication. The future is now.
But what if you’re like me, someone who hasn’t found the perfect image to tattoo for all eternity on his figure. Well, that is where the University of Wisconsin-Madison comes in. They are developing wearable, integrated circuits, that will live peacefully right under your skin. They will have the same benefits as the tattoos, but now, they’re just a part of your body. No artist required.
Not only will this sub-dermal tech read your vitals, it potentially will have access to the internet via a 5G mobile, wireless network. That could mean doctors can get data in real time, check your well-being from their phone, and maybe, if you rig your entire body with these circuit boards, you’ll be able to get your twitter feed, straight into your eyeballs. That’s just the beginning too. I could see augmented reality integrated into our vision, the ability to pay for things with our thumb, or use our forearm as a computer. I feel like I’m not even thinking big enough, this tech is so impressive.
This technology, is still in development, but the possibilities are exciting. I mean, one of the examples in the article is that these circuits can potentially purify the air you’re breathing. No longer will we be just flesh and blood. We will be flesh, blood, and computer. Part human. Part Machine. We could be, Robo-cop. And I’d buy that for a dollar.