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These high-tech wearable tattoos talk to your doctor

These high-tech wearable tattoos talk to your doctor
PHOTO COURTESY OF MC10

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.

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