Interactive Glowing Gold-Leaf Jewelry

DuoSkin interactive gold-leaf jewelry, is a stylish on-skin user interfaces.

DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices, attached directly on their skin.

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Using gold metal leaf, a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear, scientists created three types of on-skin interfaces. The sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication.

The design inspired from the aesthetics found in metallic jewelry-like temporary tattoos.

The devices enable users to control their mobile devices, display information, and store information on their skin.

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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.

“I like to call it ‘hybrid body crafting,’ says Sin-Liu Kao, who mentioned the inspiration for these wearables comes from recently popular stick-on body jewelry. “We wanted to build an output display that allowed for a more aesthetically pleasing look—we wanted them to look like body art. The pigments are slower than typical displays, but they have an ink-like effect and are much more textured.”

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