Are we going to become cyborgs?

As technology and medicine continue to intertwine, making humans healthier, stronger and even smarter, IoT with its promise of billions of interconnected devices is sure to play a huge part in all this.

With all the bionic enhancements on the way, the question arises – are we going to become cyborgs? A team of researches from MIT’s Media Lab certainly thinks so.

The DermalAbyss project is the result of a collaboration between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students Katia Vega, Xin Liu, Viirj Kan and Nick Barry and Harvard Medical School students Ali Yetisen and Nan Jian. They have developed a tattoo ink that changes color according to varying glucose and pH levels inside the body. That would mean that the tattoo will change color when the person is for example dehydrated.

How does this actually work?

The team developed a method for replacing tattoo inks with biosensors – liquids that change color in response to alterations in the bloodstream. While currently in its testing phase – in which the group injected the liquid into pig skin – they believe in the future it could be used as a medical tool.

And the solution has endless possible applications! For example, diabetic patients who do daily pin prick tests to check their blood sugar levels could do so with a biosensor tattoo, simply by monitoring the change in color.

Now the team is on the lookout for possible partners that could help commercialize this idea.

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