Biosensors as temporary tattoos

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  1. Utenzil says:

    ‘ “I think creative folks out there will think of things we haven’t even contemplated,” Rogers says.’

    Like, eliminating currency, enslaving mankind, remote control death?   <==  sry, I do so like me a good conspiracy.

  2. niktemadur says:

    You just know the rapture people are gonna have a field day with this one!

  3. The impact on clinical trials will be immense as far as monitoring goes.  Neonatal screening, diabetes monitoring, BP, fluid/salt balance, sports.  Egads, I gotta get me some of those.  Can they run Linux I wonder?

    Obligatory XKCD reference: http://xkcd.com/644/

  4. Jordan Crane says:

    I like how it looks like a little american flag.

  5. cymk says:

    NWOers shouldn’t worry too much just yet; still no reliable way to power them (at least none mentioned in the abstract). Even then, assuming they are using RFID to transmit and receive data; there is a limited range for reading said data and you have to have a special device to read it (sure you can get RFID reads on ebay, but how many have you seen on the shelves at your favorite electronics store)?

    • lvdata says:

      Huh? Solar was mentioned, and an antenna can be used for both data and to receive broadcast power. Yes, a special reader will be necessary as RFID is not made for continuous data transmitting, for heartbeat, blood pressure, etc.

      I can see them first being used in a hospital setting, with EVERYONE getting one, patients, guests, nurses, doctors, and all support staff. Being able to track everyone and everything down to 1″ accuracy would be wonderful in the event of a transmissible disease outbreak. I’d bet at 5 million cost to setup and $5 per use they would pay for themselves quickly in reducing normal contagious diseases. You could tell if a nurse or doc didn’t wash their hands, a guest who wandered in to a wrong area, or find that patient who is having a mental problem with a drug reaction who wandered off.

      IF you are worried about tracking, you might want to stop carrying a cellphone and driving your OnStar equipped car.

      • cymk says:

        I was referring to the sciencemag.org link (missed the article the first time around). Still wireless coils and solar power are not the end all reliable solution for long term powering of the patches. These would be great for hospitals; whether its tracking patient vitals, position, or history.

        I’m not sure how the chip could tell if you washed your hands or not, but having drug allergies pop up on a display for the staff would be immensely helpful.

        If anyone gets them first I think its going to the the CIA. The potential for spying and covert communications is just too great.

  6. Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (666)

    • Phoenix Lomax says:

      Temporary-tattoo mark o’ de beast! Like if the Antichrist was marketing pure EVULZ in specially-marked boxes of Cap’n Crunch.

  7. Blaze Curry says:

    I’m predicting…an external regulatory/immune system, Deus Ex HR style.
    Whoa, deja vu there for a second as I typed that.

  8. Dude says:

    Correction: This did not involve Princeton – the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was an integral part of this effort. Professor John Rogers of the U of I led the team, which also included other researchers from the U of I. The Science article quotes a Princeton researcher at the top of the story about how cool this development is, but that doesn’t mean Princeton was the research entity involved: http://news.illinois.edu/news/11/0811skin_electronics_JohnRogers.html

  9. Editz says:

    So I guess this was the Beta version?

  10. David Forbes says:

    I like this but it’s got a long ways to go before it’s going to do something significant such as be a cellphone. A typical phone these days has at least a square inch of silicon, but most of that is for the smarts, not the phone. It would also have to suck large quantities of juice from your arm to power the chips. Remember the lemon-powered radio? Now you’re the lemon.

    • AnthonyC says:

      One watt. That’s about what it takes to power a phone while it’s in use (as a phone). Your body? ~100W resting, more during exercise.

      Now, do I want devices that feed on my blood? Not really. But it wouldn;t exactly be a huge draw on the body.

  11. ssonmoss says:

    my dad actually wrote a  science fiction book that “got creative” with this idea. biosensor tattoos link up with a social networking site (“ebocloud”) and people can write programs that would, for instance, compel a bunch of untrained strangers to complete a perfect gamelan piece or play a game of human etch-a-sketch. having read that, this post makes me pretty excited.

  12. Jamie Austin says:

    Neonatal and diabetes management would be excellent uses for something like this.  In fact, I’d love to stick one on my kid when he’s sick so I know his vitals since his verbal skills and cooperation level with traditional techniques leave me guessing if he has a fever, a toothache, or is just cranky.

  13. tubacat says:

    God, I know there is potential for good here, but I hate to see it anyway. You just know this is the way things will go in the future (your entire medical record on your wrist, or whatever), and I’m sorry to see the first steps of mass cyborgization. Don’t know if I can put into words why that is (but I also don’t like sex toys ; )  )

  14. andygates says:

    The self-monitoring nerds are going to go crazy with this.  Image the fun you could have optimizing your trailmix to maintain steady blood sugar!  (Actually, that sounds useful to me as a cyclist; by the time you bonk, you’re often too stupid from bloodbrainfail to realize it)

  15. Neal Donnelly says:

    That’s some sloppy blogging guys. the team was from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Michael McAlpine is just a Princeton engineer who happens to have been approached by Science News for a quote – the lead author is Dae-Hyeong Kim

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