Most people receive tattoos to look cool or to inscribe a meaningful message onto their bodies. In the future, some will get inked to keep better track of their personal health.
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, developed a tattoo ink that is infused with biosensors. Once it is in the skin, the ink changes color depending on different information. Some of the factors taken into account include glucose, pH and sodium.
As MyModernMet reports, changes in the pH cause the ink to shift from purple to pink. Imbalances in glucose levels will cause the ink to move between blue and brown. And, the ink becomes increasingly fluorescent (it will glow in the dark!) under UV light when sodium levels are off.
The group, known as DermalAbyss, is interested in using tattoo technology to improve the population’s health. Though it might seem like a small accomplishment, the ink will help individuals with health concerns in a variety of ways. For instance, someone with diabetes will rarely need to prick their finger to monitor sugar levels. And, someone with sodium imbalances can just take a quick peek at their tattoo if they begin to feel off.
This technology is in the beginning stages of development, meaning it will undoubtedly become more advanced as researchers collaborate and invent new methods of using biosensors.
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