Design Frontiers

Designing for the epidermis

Creating an embedded monitoring system to for personal health.

User may customize balance/ratio of nutrients and system vitals to fit his or her needs. For example, a body builder may need specific protein levels and electrolytes, whereas the pregnant user may want to monitor toxins, anitbodies, potential illness, minerals, etc, for heathy fetal development.

Preggers: Vitamin B-9. Synthesize and repair DNA. Cell division and cell growth.

Microarray of repurposed bacterial designed for biological feedback. Each bacterial “pixel” corresponds to a metabolic condition and and visually represents its value through color saturation. Matrix snapshots are taken at a steady rate, enabling a system-wide report over time. This type of monitoring leads to a heightened awareness that would take part in everyday choices, including but not limited to: excercise, diet, sleep, supplements, habitat, etc.

A matrix approach would lend itself as a traditional data chart similar to a QR code.

Another visual option is to use the bacteria as logic to augment the appearance of a tattooed scene.  The circuit is similar to that being developed by Philips.  The art is personalized, while details are represented in accordance with metabolic readings.  Users may assign specific chemical cues to have more dramatic alerts on their skin.  For instance, a diabetic may correlate insulin levels to a highly reactive visualization, perhaps a large tattooed region turning red.

For confidential monitoring, one may embed wireless chip into skin and couple to personal device.  The transmission would be encrypted en route to user and optionally to physician.

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