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The “Illustrated Man” – implantable LED Tatoos

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The world is full of unprecedented opportunity.  For those who think that companies can not continue to grow year after year don’t realize that human desires are infinite and unquenchable.  This drives infinite product innovation.

So, what’s new at the University of Pennsylvania and Phillips?

New LED tattoos from the University of Pennsylvania could make the Illustrated Man real (minus the creepy stories, of course). Researchers there are developing silicon-and-silk implantable devices which sit under the skin like a tattoo. Already implanted into mice, these tattoos could carry LEDs, turning your skin into a screen.

The silk substrate onto which the chips are mounted eventually dissolves away inside the body, leaving just the electronics behind. The silicon chips are around the length of a small grain of rice — about 1 millimeter, and just 250 nanometers thick. The sheet of silk will keep them in place, molding to the shape of the skin when saline solution is added.

The following video may be too much for “sensitive viewers”

http://link.live.philips.com/services/player/bcpid23188062001?bctid=25240201001

We, of course, are considering the geekier side of this tech. GPS, with a map readout on the back of the wrist would certainly be useful, as would chips that cover your eyeballs and can darken down when the sun is shining too bright.

And a full-body display will eventually be used for advertising. Combine this with bioluminescent ink, for example, and you could turn yourself into a small, walking version of Times Square. At least, unlike a real tattoo, you can switch this one off.

Here is the story from Wired Magazine

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/11/the-illustrated-man-how-led-tattoos-could-change-the-face-of-humanity

In fact, if you start to imagine the possible uses, they seems almost endless. Just like the stories that play across the body of the Illustrated Man.

And for those not familiar with The Illustrated Man – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illustrated_Man

Related – Bio-luminescence – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfQ5lHMCEDA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icKB9EfURhQ

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Written by frrl

November 21, 2009 at 1:24 am

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