Tattoos have come a long way from being a sign of societal rebellion. Nowadays, about 45 million U.S. Americans have tattoos, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Association. The increased interest in tattoos in the U.S. is the result of innovations in tattooing that have made tattoos better, safer, and less painful.
Body ink has even gone so far as to branch out beyond simple needle and ink creative expression. Nano-tech engineers at UC San Diego are testing temporary tattoos that can both extract and measure blood-glucose levels from the fluid found between skin cells, providing a non-invasive method for glucose testing for those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. A Microsoft funded venture at MIT is developing an individual fabrication process for creating customized functional devices that can be adhered directly to the skin. With this technology, the user would be able to use the tattoo to control their smartphone and other technology. These tattoos are redefining the meaning behind “wearable tech.” In the following infographic, The Academy of Responsible Tattooing explores the various innovations in tattoo tech.
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