DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin. Using gold metal leaf, a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear, we demonstrate three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication. DuoSkin draws from the aesthetics found in metallic jewelry-like temporary tattoos to create on-skin devices which resemble jewelry. DuoSkin devices enable users to control their mobile devices, display information, and store information on their skin while serving as a statement of personal style. We believe that in the future, on-skin electronics will no longer be black-boxed and mystified; instead, they will converge towards the user friendliness, extensibility, and aesthetics of body decorations, forming a DuoSkin integrated to the extent that it has seemingly disappeared.
Paper to appear at International Symposium on Wearable Computers 2016 (ISWC’16) :
Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao (MIT), Christian Holz, Asta Roseway, Andres Calvo(MIT), Chris Schmandt(MIT), “DuoSkin: Rapidly Prototyping On-Skin User Interfaces Using Skin-Friendly Materials.”, to appear in ISWC’16. Heidelberg, Germany (September 12-16, 2016). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 8 pages. [pdf]