You May Soon Get to Monitor Your Health Using a Nanotech Tattoo

You May Soon Get to Monitor Your Health Using a Nanotech Tattoo

Who said that tattoos could be perceived as just caprices with no objective goal? Scientists from South Korea are eager to prove that they can be used as a way for a person to keep his health under control.

Thanks to researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon (South Korea), the world may soon get to carry a device in their bodies in the form of a tattoo that can make them aware of possible health problems. The device is able to read vital data such as the person’s heart rate, the level of glucose, and more. The news is revealed by the New York Post while mentioning Reuters as the source.

The device consists of electronic tattoo ink that works as a bioelectrode and was created using liquid metal as well as carbon nanotubes.


We still have to wait to know for sure that the team’s project works, but the signs are already promising.

However, the idea of using a tattoo to provide important information about the user’s health isn’t new at all. Back in June, we shared the news of another electronic tattoo that’s capable of measuring the patient’s blood pressure, and it’s even capable of doing it at a high accuracy! 

Roozbeh Jafari, a co-author of that previous research, explains more about the importance of blood pressure monitoring, as speaking for The Daily Beast:

Blood pressure is an important metric,

It gives us a holistic view of the entire cardiovascular system. But if you want to measure it, just one or a few measurements a day isn’t enough, and cuff-based solutions are inconvenient, uncomfortable, and impractical.

In fact, when it comes to the world of blood pressure monitoring, having a cuffless device is the “holy grail.”

Keeping track of the blood pressure is important in order to have a clearer picture of the risk of dealing with heart disease or stroke.



Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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