Gear | April 17, 2017 9:00 am

These ‘Programmable Temporary Tattoos’ May Soon Be Saving Lives

What if a tattoo could tell you you've been exposed to zika?

“Programmable temporary tattoos” sounds like the beginning of a cautionary episode of Black Mirror.

But LogicInk sees some good in your skin.

The San Francisco-based startup wants to implant electronics-free designs on your body that “convey useful information about your body or environment.” Translation: they want to stamp your body with temporary tattoos that react to your body and then change shape or color to convey health information about you.

For co-founder Carlos Olguin, this low-cost, non-invasive tech could help screen for diseases such as malaria or zika, or check cholesterol, UV and hydration levels without the need for a bulky wearable or smartphone. While health tattoos are a long way from fruition, StrictlyVC reported this week that LogicInk “has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Breakout Labs.”

The future’s so close you can reach out and touch it.