Dattoos could replace three-dimensional tools such as smart phones or laptops.
By converging technology and self, the body becomes the interface and supplies the required energy.
Using an online design portal, users select and try out a customized electronic processing device that they can then print onto their own skin. Think of it as the ultimate “skin” for your “personal” computer.
Frog Design founder, Hartmut Esslinger envisioned this technology in 2005.
The DNA Tattoo, or Dattoo, could include printable input/output tools such as a camera, microphone, or laser-loudspeaker—it would be up to the user, as would the Dattoo’s aesthetics. Most intriguingly, it could capture its wearer’s DNA ensuring an intimate user/machine relationship.
All hardware would be created on demand and assembled via a special online design portal. Users view, test-drive, and select their product from a variety of options, both functional and aesthetic. They also set the lifecycle of the product, to be utilized for a few hours or a much longer amount of time
Once users are satisfied with their specific configurations, they have this fully-functioning circuitry—including all UI-interactive and display functions—“printed” onto recommended areas of their skin. Energy would be pulled from the human body to run the programs. At the end of the day, users could simply wash the Dattoos off, beginning anew the following day.
Users in different geographical regions could be linked by common interests, and could communicate with one another, through their Dattoos. The unique DNA signatures would allow individuals to be readily identifiable, in a sense almost projecting users Second Life-style into cyberspace. Software would take a liquid form, in keeping with the Dattoo’s “organic computer” philosophy.
Dattoo could even be applied to clothing or other objects, instead of the skin.
Dattoos are coming closer to reality. This year Chris Harrison developed Skinput, a way in which your skin can become a touch screen device or your fingers buttons on a MP3 controller.
Harrison says this ability is great operating equipment while on the move, say, changing tracks on an MP3 while out jogging, answering a phone call or starting a stop watch. Not to mention that the possibility of using your hand as calculator means you really can count on your fingers.
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The Body as Information Platform
The concept of the Dattoo arose in response to current trends towards increasing connectivity and technology as self-expression. To realize a state of constant, seamless connectivity and computability required the convergence of technology and self. The body would need to literally become the interface. Computers and communication devices require physical space, surfaces, and energy. The idea of DNA tattoos (Dattoos) is to use the body itself as hardware and interaction platform, through the use of minimally-invasive, recyclable materials.
The Self Within Society
To achieve absolute personal identification, the hardware would capture DNA from the user's body, enabling direct participation in the political and cultural landscape. The technology would link remote users through engagement with their areas of interest. The system would be personalized not only by this DNA inclusion, but by a more standard procedure in which users choose the applications they carry. Content I/O - including tools like cameras, microphones and laser-loudspeakers - would be connected to "interface pods", then function as generic hardware. Dattoos are to be created on the body, in clothing, or via accessories, so they remain constantly with the user. Software would be "liquid," so that it looks as if the UI and content interaction are an extension of the bionic body.
All hardware would be created on demand and assembled via a special online design portal. Users view, test-drive, and select their product from a variety of options, both functional and aesthetic. They also set the lifecycle of the product, to be utilized for a few hours or a much longer amount of time. Once users are satisfied with their specific configurations, they have this fully-functioning circuitry - including all UI-interactive and display functions - "printed" onto recommended areas of their skin. Energy would be pulled from the human body to run the programs. At the end of the day, users would simply wash the Dattoos off, beginning anew the following day.
Utilizing future technology, Dattoos have yet to reach fruition. The final concept aims to achieve a convergence of the following capabilities: DNA-reader and identification technology; nanosensors and interactive "touch reading" for finger tips (Braille); pattern and image recognition; self-learning and educational applications; living materials that change shape and feel; flexible OLED displays; full voice interaction, directional laser speakers; bionic nano chips; and cyborg components
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