You've noticed that tattoos are back in fashion. Just look at someone in their 20s or 30s, and they've got "ink."
No matter how old you are, or what you think about "ink," there's a new trend in tattoos that you'll be happy to hear about. New high-tech, temporary tattoos will help your doctor diagnose your health, and help you figure out if you're causing damage to your skin.
A company called MC10 is developing two health-related temporary tattoos, including BioStamp Research Connect, which your doctor may soon be attaching to various parts of your body. It's a sticky patch the size of a Band-Aid or, more specifically, weighs 6 grams and is just over 2 inches long.
It's high tech. The BioStampRC has 32MB memory, and a 15mAh rechargeable battery with a battery life of 30 hours, and uses Bluetooth Smart wireless technology. Doctors and universities will use the BioStampRC to monitor electrocardiac activity, and like some fitness trackers you wear like a bracelet. It will also monitor electric activity that your muscles create, to test for neurodegenerative conditions.
The BioStampRC remotely processes your information to your doctor's computer or tablet, even if you leave their office or hospital. In fact, that remote monitoring is precisely the point.
Your doctor can monitor your health as you go about your everyday activities. Plus, your doctor and you will be able to monitor your results on a secure, encrypted website.
MC10 is also working on a tech tattoo with the skincare company L'Oreal that'll help you monitor your skin's health. You know staying out in the sun or on tanning bed for too long isn't good for your health.
Worse, there really isn't an easy way to gauge if you've been exposed to UV rays for too long. So, often, you just avoid the sun, even when you don't want to.
MC10 and L'Oreal's My UV Patch (photo below) will help you do that. The tech tattoo changes color the longer you're exposed to UV rays.
Just take a picture of your My UV Patch, with an app, and MC10 and L'Oreal will send you information. They'll tell you, based on the color of your My UV Patch, the amount of damage you're causing your skin, and actions you can take to minimize the damage.