I’ll admit that I don’t know a whole lot about science, but often I find science quite interesting. My interest in science becomes even greater, however, when it’s added to something that I do know about. In this case, science has been added to the concept of tattoos (though just temporary tattoos) and it’s all pretty cool. Now and again I’ve written about a type of tattoo that can monitor blood levels and such in patients with Diabetes. Well this time, the tattoo that is being used is actually acting as a beacon or a transmitter for WiFi connections. Since I can’t explain it all too well, I’ll just quote the important info directly from the article:
‘The tattoo was developed with inkjet electronics, which involves the use of special conducting inks to create electronic circuits in the same way that a desktop printer produces pictures.
If the sensors can be made small enough they could offer more exact measurements to be taken by medics enabling them to better target problem areas in the brain. Other applications could enable patients to be monitored at home if they wish, or the sensors could be used by fire or police officers to show they are well in extreme conditions.’
Pretty crazy stuff actually, and it all reminds me a little too much of the event that Futurist Ray Kurzweil assures us will occur within the next twenty years called the Singularity. Basically Kurzweil says that computers will become part of humans and that humans will then become more powerful than ever before and be capable of living forever, among many, many other things. It’s a very interesting and scary theory, but the real question is, could this be the start of it all? Could tattoos be what eventually leads the way to the Singularity?