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Mark of the beast is a high-tech circuit board tattoo

We are getting so much closer to becoming borg. Science fiction warns us of our impending assimilation into highly destructive and intelligent robotic overlords, the bible warns of the mark of the beast, and possibly a chip implant. Now researchers have developed a method for applying electronic components directly on our skin, not unlike the process you’d get with a temporary tattoo. It might not look like a cool dragon or a tribal design, but this ultra-thin skin-like patch really is a piece of functional electronics.

These miniature electronic devices can then interface with medical diagnostics machines, communications devices, and Skynet. It’s like having a chip placed on the surface of your skin that is totally flexible, the mark of the beast in a non-invase injection way. What’s interesting is that you really do put it on like a temporary tattoo: you wet the water-soluable plastic and apply it to your skin. The circuits use a wavy pattern that bends and wrinkles with your skin too.

On the medical front, these kinds of sensors could replace the conventional ones used for EEG and EMG machines, for instance, eliminating the need for pins, bulky wires, or cumbersome electrodes. “The blurring of electronics and biology is really the key point here,” said Yonggang Huang, a Northwestern University who collaborated on the project. “All established forms of electronics are hard, rigid. Biology is soft, elastic. It’s two different worlds. This is a way to truly integrate them.”

We are one step closer to that cybernetic organism from the future. Hasta la vista, baby.



About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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