Engineers in Japan are working with what they are calling 'electronic skin' that would be able to bind to your body and display information. There has been some chatter about electronic skins that can repair themselves but this is one of the first working prototypes that actually displays information on it. The researchers say that the skin uses organic light-emitting diode (OLED) which is used in smartphone and television technology. Therefore, you would become a walking, talking smartphone television.
The team from the University of Tokyo have worked on an adhesive protective coating that would protect the electronic elements of the skin from the exposure to the outside world.
Takao Someya, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo, in an interview with Live Science, said: "Our e-skin can be directly laminated on the surface of the skin, allowing us to electronically functionalize human skin. We think functionalizing the skin may replace the smartphone in the future. When you carry an iPhone, it is a bulky device. But if you functionalize your own skin, you don't need to carry anything, and it's easy to receive information anywhere, anytime."
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