Smart tattoos: Next big innovation in football performance?
Written by Simon Austin — February 17, 2017
WE all know the jokes about footballers and tattoos - but the link is about to become more about performance than fashion.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have developed a ‘data skin’, that can be used to measure things such as heart rate, blood oxygenation, temperature and adrenalin levels. Furthermore, this temporary tattoo can be produced quickly and cheaply using a home printer.
The possible uses for football training could be significant. Professor Carmel Majidi, who has led the development of the tattoos, explained: “One of the remaining challenges in skin-mounted electronics is to interface soft circuits with the rigid microchips and electronics hardware required for sensing, digital processing and power.
“We address this with a breakthrough digital fabrication technique that enables efficient creation of wireless electronics on a soft, water-resistant, medical-grade adhesive.”