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Tech for tat: Ink that thinks has arrived!

  • This week's 5 most fantastic innovations and ideas!
  • Electronic tattoo reads, relays body's health information
  • Shazam for fashion: App finds clothes you see worn on TV
Tech for tat: Ink that thinks has arrived!

Editor's Note: Each week we're scouting out amazing innovations, cutting edge technology and, well, just really awesome ideas. Before it goes mainstream, it's going to be one of our favorite 5 Things From The Future!

The world's coolest tattoo also carries the added bonus of guaranteeing zero regrets about it. Owners of tribal arm bands tattoos or tattoos of Chinese characters which, it turns out, actually translate to "demon bird moth balls" and not "The Matrix" as intended, can tell you how important this is.

This is because these razor-thin, electrobe-enabled tattoos will blow your mind for two weeks -- then naturally flake off. The only thing permanent about them is the way they'll forever alter how you view any tattoo that doesn't monitor your heart rate or transmit vital health information.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have been working for years on "epidermal electronics" which go on the surface of your skin and can interact seamlessly with your body. They have now scaled down the technology to the point these sensors can simply be stamped onto you.

"The devices consist of ultra-thin electrodes, electronics, sensors, and wireless power and communication systems," reports the MIT Technology Review. "Such systems could be used to track health and monitor healing near the skin’s surface, as in the case of surgical wounds."

And more than that, too.

Lead developer John Rogers explained to FastCo Design that Reebok will introduce the CheckLight later this year, which uses this technology to detect possible concussions. He also envisions a wearable sensor that fits around the heart or brain to prevent or detect arrhythmias or epileptic seizures, respectively.

You can read more here from MIT and also take a look at this week's other fantastic Things From the Future!

-- Maryland crab cakes? Kansas City BBQ? You're now one click away from all of America's most iconic foods

-- Why drink your whiskey when you can just inhale it?

-- Shazam for fashion: App lets you find and buy clothes you see on TV shows

-- Famous soccer team updates its uniforms as fans donate blood

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