Wearable technology, particularly for health purposes, has been gaining traction in recent years, but despite the rising popularity, they all face in inherent obstacle. Whatever the brand, consumers have to make an active decision to put them on, which is an issue Chaotic Moon is determined to solve.
Chaotic Moon subscribe to the idea that technology should integrate into the user’s life and make it easier, rather than adding an additional step – a philosophy the company have applied to wearables. Their solution is Tech Tats, an exploration into the use of skin-mounted components and conductive paint to create circuitry that lives on the human body in the form of a tattoo that has the capability to collect, store, send and receive data.
Dubbed biowearables, Tech Tats aren’t just strapped to the user’s wrist, but interacts with their wrist. It’s technology that is, in a sense, part of the user. In other words, it eliminates the need for clunky and expensive devices with a low-interference, low-cost, and low-hassle alternative, and using the user’s skin as the interface.
Effectively, tech tats serve as a way to turn the human body into a circuit board of sorts. In the current stages, tech tats utilize electrically conductive paint; surface mount components like sensors and an ATtiny85 – which stores and sends the data.
As a method to collect, store, send, receive and display data, the applications for Tech Tats are essentially unlimited. Think of it this way: If it’s currently a wearable, it could probably be replaced by a tech tat.
When partnered with a pedometer and heart-rate monitoring device, for instance, a Tech Tats could replace wearables aimed at health and fitness. Tech Tats could also be used to monitor patients’ health for a week after their surgery, with the doctor being able to receive information and updates without an annoying, often unnecessary hospital visit.
The company is currently looking into how Tech Tats can be mass produced and are hoping to make them affordable to the public and capable of being adapted and used in ways beyond what we’ve discussed here. In terms of the product’s evolution, while the current version utilises conductive paint, with a goal of a natural, permanent ‘ink’ of sorts, which could be utilised in the same way, for even longer.