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'Tech Tats' are temporary biosensors with cyborg style (Tomorrow Daily 278)

Ashley discusses one company's vision of temporary tattoos topped with tech, improving NASA's Robonaut 5 by challenging university teams to improve upon it and a health monitor that requires a patient to ingest a tiny microphone inside a pill.

Chaotic Moon is a company working on what it's calling "Tech Tats," which are biosensors on temporary tattoos. The idea is for wearers to gather biometric data via the temporary tattoo and the sensors onboard, and show that information in an easy to use app. If you're worried about cost, we're happy to report Chaotic Moon hopes to make these available in inexpensive packs someday, sort of like Band-Aids or other first aid products.

NASA's finding new and creative ways to improve upon some of its projects, including the Robonaut 5 (R5) robot. The organization has chosen two university teams from MIT and Northeastern University to face off in a battle to improve the R5's software to make it as autonomous and dextrous as possible. Each team will present its final designs at NASA's Space Robotics Challenge in 2016, but we're already excited to see what they're up to.

Speaking of MIT, a different team of MIT researchers showed off an ingestible capsule equipped with a microphone. Why a microphone, you ask? Well, it can listen in on your heart and lung function while hanging around in your gastrointestinal tract, making it a great candidate to hear abnormalities and pass on that information to health providers. We won't be swallowing microphones at our doctor's office anytime soon, but it's still interesting to think about.

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