People get tattoos for many different reasons, but until now, those reasons had nothing to do with health.
That’s all about to change, thanks to a group of researchers at the MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, who are developing tattoo inks infused with biosensors that can tell you when your health is at risk.
The tattoo ink reacts to changes in body chemistry of human bodies and could be a groundbreaking solution to monitoring our health.
This new ink measures your pH, sodium and glucose levels and reflects the variations by changing its color. For diabetes patients who need to pierce their skin throughout the day to check their glucose levels, this technology could be life-changing.
The collective group, called DermalAbyss notes: “With d-abyss, we can replace the painful procedure with a tattoo, of which the color from pink to purple based on the glucose levels. Thus, the user could monitor the color changes and the need of insulin.”
Changes in pH cause the special ink to shift from purple to pink, while glucose levels move between blue and brown. A sodium and a second pH sensor become increasingly fluorescent under UV light.
So far, animal tests have been successful, and while there are still more tests to be conducted, we can expect this new tattoo technology to be an option in the very near future.