Dissolvable tattoo sensors: From science fiction to a viable technology

Huanyu Cheng, Ning Yi

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Abstract

Early surrealistic painting and science fiction movies have envisioned dissolvable tattoo electronic devices. In this paper, we will review the recent advances that transform that vision into a viable technology, with extended capabilities even beyond the early vision. Specifically, we focus on the discussion of a stretchable design for tattoo sensors and degradable materials for dissolvable sensors, in the form of inorganic devices with a performance comparable to modern electronics. Integration of these two technologies as well as the future developments of bio-integrated devices is also discussed. Many of the appealing ideas behind developments of these devices are drawn from nature and especially biological systems. Thus, bio-inspiration is believed to continue playing a key role in future devices for bio-integration and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013001
JournalPhysica Scripta
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2017

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  • Mathematical Physics
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