A US-based Chinese tech company has upped the stakes when it comes to wirelessly controlling devices, as they have unveiled a disposable electronic tattoo that can be used to give instructions and pass information to drones and other machinery.
Rotex Incorporation, a biotechnology firm made the launch at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 which is taking place in the United States. The CES is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every yearly in Las Vegas, USA and gathering for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and where next-generation innovations are introduced.
The electronic tattoos are actually sequences of ultra-thin and soft sensors that can form to the skin and respond to slight muscle movement.
Since the introduction of drones into the tech world for civilian usage, the various applications and control of the devices have been continually improved upon; from hand-held remote controls to electroencephalogram (EEG) headsets and now the e-tattoo.
The company plans to make a more permanent version of the tattoo in subsequent productions.
Well, this isn’t exactly rocket science nor is it as far-fetched as having a satellite-tracking chip in James Bond’s arm (Casino Royale, anyone?).
The tattoo itself reveals a much-needed change in microchip technology for domestic purposes as enthusiasts are increasingly embracing related technologies in their everyday activities. In 2015, Epicenter, a high-tech Swedish firm made the news when its staffs were implanted with microchips which allowed them to use the photocopier, open security doors and even pay for their lunch.
Other enthusiasts like Shanti Korporaal has two microchips which she uses to unlock doors and use her computer without inputting the password and she plans to completely do away with her wallet and cards so that she can lead a futuristic lifestyle.
The e-tattoo is a cooler and less invasive means to control devices and it is definitely part of the “internet of things” as we become more and more reliant on internet-enabled devices.
Watch the unveiling of the e-tattoo below