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The Body Architect: Fusing the Human Body With Technology

Lucy McRae is a body architect. Trained in classical ballet with a background in architecture and fashion, she explores how the human body can be transformed with the use of technology. Her work at the Philips Far Future Design Lab, a lab that looks 20 years in the future, includes such projects as emotional sensing clothing and electronic tattoos.

The Philips Skin Probe Dress uses emotional sensing technology to create dynamic fashion. The dresses will blush and shimmer with light based on the person’s emotions.

Fashion and technology

The Philips Skin Probe Dress

Another Philips Design Probe explores the body as a platform for electronics and interactive skin technology. Here is an electronic tattoo which changes when touch.

Electronic Tattoo

Philips Electronic Tattoo

Another project Lucy McRae worked on was reprogramming body odor. Through the use of a digestive perfume – a fragrance comes out of the skin when you perspire.

swallowable perfume

Swallowable perfume

Lucy McRae’s talk at Ted

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Printable Lights Could Lead to LED Skin?

A global team, led by John Rogers of the University of Illinois, have been able to modify the process of making computer chips to create LED meshes. These LED meshes can be put onto a range of different surface from tin foil, paper, even leaves. This new LED system can go to the extreme of having lights installed under the skin which can be stretched and twisted.

This means these LED lights can also be used for:

  • diagnostic tattoos to monitor wounds
  • used for photodynamic drug therapy (this is a treatment where a drug is activated when it is exposed to light. It is used to destroy nearby cells treating precancerous and certain cancer cells).
  • high tech surgical gloves
  • wearable light sources
  • applied to the surfaces of robots
  • decorative tattoos
  • plus much more
LED skin

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