DuoSkin: Rapidly Prototyping On-Skin User Interfaces Using Skin-Friendly Materials 2016

DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin. Using gold metal leaf, a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear, we demonstrate three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication. DuoSkin draws from the aesthetics found in metallic jewelry-like temporary tattoos to create on-skin devices which resemble jewelry. DuoSkin devices enable users to control their mobile devices, display information, and store information on their skin while serving as a statement of personal style. We believe that in the future, on-skin electronics will no longer be black-boxed and mystified; instead, they will converge towards the user friendliness, extensibility, and aesthetics of body decorations, forming a DuoSkin integrated to the extent that it has seemingly disappeared.

Kao, H.-L. C., Holz, C., Roseway, A., Calvo, A., Schmandt, C., “DuoSkin: Rapidly Prototyping On-Skin User Interfaces Using Skin-Friendly Materials”, ISWC 2016 [DOI] [PDF]


Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, conducted during PhD studies at MIT Media Lab
Asta Roseway, Microsoft Research
Christian Holz, Microsoft Research
Paul Johns, Microsoft Research
Andres Calvo, MIT Media Lab
Chris Schmandt, MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab in collaboration with Microsoft Research

Special Thanks:
We thank Arun Paidimarri, Trang Thai, Dimitri Lymberopoulos for NFC advice, Mike Sinclair for fabrication advice, Nan-Wei Gong for capacitive sensing advice, Lining Yao, Jennifer Jacobs for feedback on a draft of this paper, Helene Steiner for modeling photos, and Sarah Bardin, Jami Rose, and Erica Yuen for help with fabrication.