A New Color-Changing Tattoo is Being Developed by Harvard

Yes, you read well. There is such a thing: a tattoo that changes color. But how is is it possible? Between science and art, a smart tattoo ink was invented:  a new technology capable of monitoring health by changing color.

Apparently, researchers at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and MIT’s Media Lab in June introduced Dermal Abyss. Dermal Abyss turns the body’s surface into an interactive display, showing the health of the skin by the color of the tattoo.

“We were thinking: [W]hat is the next generation after wearables?” Ali Yetisen, a Tosteson postdoctoral fellow at HMS and Massachusetts General Hospital, said in a statement. “And so we came up with the idea that we could incorporate biosensors in the skin.”

They are currently studying this new ink, but the idea is to replace a monitoring device like a fitness tracker, integrating it with the body.

“We wanted to go beyond what is available through wearables today,” Yetisen added. Would you want to have such a tattoo? It is a cool thing and plus it’s good for your health. We think it’s a really great idea and it’s crazy how science keeps surprising us!

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